Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski

Did you get what you wanted out of 2010?

As the year 2010 comes to the end, can you honestly look yourself in the mirror and say you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish this year? Hopefully so; it isn’t too late, there are still about 3 weeks left. Now I know many folks who wait for things to happen. Are you one of those? Or are you one of those folks that actually makes things happen? There is a major difference; you are in control of your destiny (for the most part) and are a major contributor to your success – or your failure in life.

If we took a poll of what people reading this wanted to accomplish, I bet the list would look something like this: get a job or get promoted in the fire service; complete my college degree; complete my EMT certificate or paramedic license; establish a physical fitness routine to get in better shape; spend more time volunteering in my community; locate my soul mate; create a more healthy life style; the list goes on.

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions as I think we shouldn’t wait until the “next year” to have to say we’re going to not do something or that we are going to do something. Establishing goals and objectives, both personally and professionally, should be an on-going process that you are constantly evaluating, modifying, and updating. I used to attempt to do New Year’s resolutions, but I, like many others, just sort of forgot about them throughout the year. Instead, I try to stick to a couple of items on a regular basis that I want to accomplish.

This year I accomplished two things I had set out to previously do: I completed the fourth and final year of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and my wife and I finished seeing the last of all current 30 Major League Baseball stadiums – catching a game at the new Target Field in Minneapolis (with repeat trips to Wrigley Field and Comerica Park in the same trip – hey, why not? They’re all in the same vicinity!).

What did you accomplish in 2010?

If you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do, then what can you do better in the future to make sure you accomplish it? The ball is in your court; these are our “golden years” – we need to make the best of them now and not put off things for the future that we should be getting done now. My 82 year old mother keeps saying “I’ll get to that next year, or go there next year,” when asked about certain things she says she wants to do or certain places she wants to go. Yeah, right. How do we know we’ll ever be healthy enough tomorrow to do what we could have done today or even yesterday?

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