February 2018: I’m Still Doing Things

This is just a quick post to let you know that I am going to do something that I don’t usually do. I am going to give myself a little praise and a pat on the back.

I would like to think that I am a man of my word. I don’t normally say much, but when I do, there’s often a purpose.

At the start of January, I spoke about how 2018 should be the year of doing things. I got a lot of good feedback about the blog post, and I appreciated it. But, if I am being honest, I wrote the post more to convince myself than to convince anyone else.

The post about doing things was to encourage myself to do more things and step out of my comfort zone and two months on I can say I have done that.

This weekend I finally decided to take my football-coaching badges – something that I had been thinking about for quite some time. The initial course is around 40 hours spread over two weekends. 20 hours down and so far, so good, but the challenge wasn’t so much the content of the course because I know football like a black-cabbie knows London. The real cause for concern was the fact the course was in Danish.

Before this weekend my language skills had never been tested in such a way. I have of course had many experiences and conversations in Danish, but nothing like this.

I had to make a presentation to over 25 native speakers in a language other than my own; I had to create and lead a session to over 25 native speakers in a language I am still learning, I had to be taught about different concepts, in Danish and it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy but it was character building and what I can say is that I left in a stronger position than I started.

With my other blog posts, I felt I had been more on the pessimistic side of things. So today I will give credit where credit is due and offer myself a little praise. After all, if I don’t encourage myself, then I certainly can’t expect anyone else to.

One thought on “February 2018: I’m Still Doing Things

  1. I have a little ceramic whistle on my desk. Some times I “toot my own horn” when I’ve accomplished something momentous. Especially when no one else seems to notice. I say Bravo! I would never have the courage to attempt what you have done! You have every right to pat yourself on the back and puff out your chest – maybe even do a little victory dance…


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