District Director January 2018







My Friends in Toastmasters,

The other day, I was reading an article from The Pacific Institute. I thought I would share it with you today. It is titled, "Packing for the Journey." It is written as follows:

"If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?

There are two very important things you need to know if you want to plan a journey. You need to know where you are, and you need to know exactly where you want to go. Once you know these two things, the rest becomes fairly easy. You make a plan, which might be a map or a strategy, and you follow the plan to your destination.

Going through life without setting clear goals is a little like starting out on a trip with no idea where you intend to go. Now you might wind up having a very pleasant time, but the odds are against it. Somewhere along the way, you will be faced with having to make some choices. Now, would you rather decide where to go based on the things you happen to have with you, or would you rather pack things that are appropriate for the destination? (While a mask might be of help, you aren't going to bring a snorkel and flippers on your way across the Sahara Desert.)

Having clear goals helps you to avoid time-consuming side trips down roads that lead nowhere. Clear goals act like the rudder on a ship. They steer you in the direction you have chosen, and help you avoid the dangerous currents and rocks that might otherwise run you aground or take you to the last place on Earth you want to go.

Finally, goals give you a sense of accomplishment and reason to celebrate, because you know when you have arrived. Do you know where you want to go in your life? If not, it will be worth your time to find out. Start goal-setting today. Wherever it is, you can get there! It is just like loading your destination into a GPS. You just need to know where you want to go."

So, how does this article apply to Toastmasters and our district? This month, district trios will be asked to re-valuate our success plans and re-define our goals, so that we can reach success by the end of the Toastmasters year. As you know, we will be replicating this practice with the Division Directors in a meeting on January 25. I would encourage every leader at every level in the district to do the same thing, even down to the club success plan.

As you prepare for the meeting on the 25th, and for success by the end of the year, take some time to review the dashboard, brainstorm, and seek out fresh ideas. What plans are we going to put in place to increase club growth, membership and improve club quality? What kinds of things do we need to pack to finish the journey?

In my mind, District 54 will keep moving forward, some way, somehow, until we cross the finish line, together and successfully as a team. It is time to believe in ourselves, put our plans into action, and just make things happen.

I am so honored and proud to be a part of this team, and I am looking forward to crossing the finish line with all of you in the new year!

Yours in Toastmasters,
Angie Mullin
District 54 Director

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