I probably seem like a busy person to most people, but really I’m not. I’ve been struggling lately with finding motivation for myself. Some would probably wonder why. I live in a great area, have a great job with a great purpose. I have journaled about it many times recently trying to figure out what’s going on.
I have tried to change systems, get myself into better habits, making lists, avoiding email and social media, but it’s hard. There are so many things out there to pull me away and let me avoid my responsibilities. Yesterday, I got to thinking as I was scrolling through Twitter…if I’m going to be successful, I need to get back to the basics. I need to give myself purpose, direction, and motivation. Those three things are the definition of leadership that have been instilled in me asince I was a 23 year old sergeant in the Army.
If I’m not getting that or seeing it from all of the videos and messages from my agency’s leadership, I need to find it myself. It’s not that I think my leaders aren’t providing it, I’m just not processing it in a way that it resonates with me, motivates me.
So, yesterday, I went out on the District. It’s firearm deer season here in Nebraska, one of our busiest times of year. I saw quite a few people out enjoying their public lands. I ran into a group of hunters from Michigan who had stopped in Nebraska on their way home from Montana. Great group of guys. They’d had success in Montana, taking several trophy deer. They had only been here for about a day and a half and had already taken two mature mule deer. I talked with them about maps and access and where the big deer hide.
The thing I took away from this contact is that there are people who appreciate what we have in this country. Those four guys were having a great time and a successful hunt, doing it on their own. They weren’t paying thousands of dollars to a landowner. They were using their land, public land, and having just as much fun and success as the two guys i talked to who had flown in from California, paid a landowner $1000 a piece.
So, I found some motivation yesterday. I talked to the real people I work for, the public land users. I saw their enjoyment and appreciation for what we do as managers. I needed some of that. That’s our purpose. Serving them. Our direction is set by our various plans and priorities, and the motivation comes from the users and producers. Doing what’s right for them and future generations is our purpose.