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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 Week 7: Lessons from a Surgeon

imageI call it the whirlwind of focus and it's immediately obvious if you work with her. She's dynamic, always in motion, purposeful. I asked myself today, how does she stay so focused and so energized? That's a loaded question, I'm sure. But I wonder if this is part of the answer: she has decided to be focused and energized.




But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Carpe Diem: Seize the Day!

2013 Week 7: Lessons from a Surgeon


By Evan Nehring


I've been hanging out in the Wound Clinic this week at work. I've also been working in the day surgery area for a few months. Distant fascination has become burning curiosity. There's something different about surgeons. There something very different about a particular surgeon.

I call it the whirlwind of focus...

...and it's immediately obvious if you work with her. She's dynamic, always in motion, purposeful. I asked myself today, how does she stay so focused and so energized? That's a loaded question, I'm sure. But I wonder if this is part of the answer: she has decided to be focused and energized.

In terms of focus, she's not the cranky-focused type who scowls at the world to maintain her space and freedom. She's the classy-focused type who is always gracious, but always, ALWAYS, aware of her task at hand.

In terms of energized, I've always said she's bored if she's not doing three things at once. Maybe that's it: she's constantly aware of what she's doing, what she's about to do, and what's just beyond that. Yes, I've seen this. I've seen her fly into her office reviewing her incoming messages, preparing for clinic visits, while lining up surgery for later.

She swings through.

Picture a golfer who would take a full back swing and then stop his forward swing as soon as contact is made with the ball. Weak. Swinging through is not just about hitting the ball. It's about a series of connected motions which create tremendous power at the moment of impact.

This surgeon might be extraordinarily gifted. I'm sure she is. But part of her giftedness is the decision she's made to keep moving and to keep focused.

That decision inspires me.

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Here's the week 7 version of my weekly goal updates for 2013.

1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.

This goal is so fun to tackle. It's been a stressful 2013, but these little windows have been welcome calm.
  • January - movie "The Hobbitt" and old houses drive-by's
  • February - Valentine's dinner at Applebee's, ice sculptures downtown on the square
What will March be? Well, we have a nice gift certificate for Iozzo's Italian Restaurant. That's where we discovered steak with gorgonzola cheese. Yum! The first planning point is to find a night that works for Jason coverage. Most of the dates are negotiable, but I want this one to be just the two of us.

2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.

Well, I'm still at 16 pounds. I haven't cheated, but I have used a bunch of my flex points the last two weeks. I don't know why, but I have a good feeling about this new week. I'm actually 2 pounds behind pace now for the May 6 goal, but I'm ready to start moving down again.

My goal pace stays at 2 pounds/week.

3. House projects: Dishwasher Racks done, Taxes begun

The dishwasher racks are done! It turned out to be a 10-12 hour project. Ouch! It's very nice to have that corrosion all cleaned up for less than $20!

Next house project: 2012 taxes! I've got Turbo Tax loaded up and ready to go. I need to get the taxes back on that fall overtime in order to finance the new roof project. A huge victory would be to knock the taxes completely out by next week. I can live with two weeks.

4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.

The more observant among you may be wondering if anything has happened with my book proposal submission. Actually, yes. I was accepted, but it's a hybrid deal which includes sharing some of the initial expense. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity, but we need to work and save first. There's this roof thing...

My next writing goal is to finish section three by June 5. That will include seven chapters, and that gives me about two weeks per chapter. So our Tuesday, March 5 check-in will be the due date for my "Kids Change Everything" chapter, which is actually the final chapter of section two. I lumped it in.

I'm excited to get more out of business mode and more into writing mode again.

5. Complete the new roof project.

OK, I've crammed in this assignment. My quantities have been identified. Wow! I've got a multi-page spreadsheet and a couple pages of notes and graph paper. It's amazing how detailed you need to be when researching quantities of each type of supply: felt, shingles, rolled roof, valley tin, nails, staples, roof jacks...you get the idea.

My next step with this goal is to shop! By next week, I want to research online prices to create a price sheet to take to local shops. I'm guessing it'll be Menards for most materials. We'll see.

Projects, goals, milestones...they push things forward. Here's to energetic focus this year!

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