Ending well

Life is full of endings and beginnings. What many of us do not realize is that every ending can lead the way to a new beginning, something that is even better than the previous situation if we only spend some time in reflection. Let’s spend some more time talking about this.

As I prepare for lap 66 and the ending of lap 65 in my life I can think of multiple endings and beginnings I have been through. Not every ending was complete, but many were. I can also say that my beginnings appear to have gotten better as I have gotten older/more experienced because I learned from each of the endings that preceded these beginnings.

This whole train of thought has come to pass after having read the book “Necessary Endings” by Henry Cloud. I have enjoyed this book so much that I plan to read more of his books soon. Another book I read years ago was by William Bridges on a similar topic.

An exercise that I plan to undertake is to reflect on the last 40+ years in my career and list the following:

-Ending title
-Nature of what led to the ending
-Key learning from the ending
-New beginning that came forth
-Advantage gained from this new beginning

Come back in the coming weeks to see more about what I have learned from 40 plus years of successes, failures, frustrations, laughter and life. Not everything I will talk about will be business, but all of it will be important, at least to me.<a href="https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/cheerful-young-athlete-man-crossing-finish-line_7338490.htm#fromView=search&page=1&position=1&uuid=d2b4a7b9-36cb-4405-9f0d-e666a6befda8">Image by drobotdean on Freepik</a>

What about you? What new beginnings have sprung forth for you from your endings?

What endings have you handled well and which endings have been left dangling?

If you are a Vistage member in one of my groups you need to be prepared to discuss this. It is forthcoming in our May meetings.