Tim Wyatt is a person I admire more than many others. I've known Tim for slightly over 10 years and I watched him blossom as a person, a manager, a husband and a friend. Tim went to work for a client of mine as a supervisor with a high school education. Today he is a superintendent of a large transportation department and is poised to become a vice president when his boss retires. He'll be completing his masters degree in about 7 months.
Yeah, I know, another success story. Big deal. The worlds full of them.
Tim is a normal, get outta bed-get dressed-go to- work-sorta-guy. His life has been not much different than a lot of peoples. He works a small farm in his spare time, and can fix just about anything. As far as I know Tim hasn't had any huge obstacles or impediments in his life to overcome.
So what's your point John?
Tim was one of my coaching clients, for a period of time. When we finished our last session I asked him to summarize the experience. He paused for a moment and said "You caused me to look at myself and I didn't always like that but if I wanted to reach my goals I knew I had to do that"
So Tim set a path for himself to excel in the areas of his life that he'd chosen. We kept in touch, mostly because every time Tim reached a milestone he'd call me an share it with me. Last June, I had the privilege of certifying Tim as a career development coach.
Truth be told I learned so much more from Tim than he learned from me. His one sentence summary, that he says changes his path in life is something I've posted on my bulletin board and look at daily.
If you ever meet Tim Wyatt he'll tell you the reason he did all the things he did was solely for himself. It wasn't to gain recognition or a promotion at work. He took a look inside and saw there were things - excuses - he was making that kept him from being whole and healthy.
I'm no different. I can choose a cookie over an apple and when I step on the scale Saturday morning it will tell the results. I can blame my kids, my wife or the way I was raised but in the end the choice to succeed or not succeed is mine and mine alone.
In the end the only person staring back at me in the mirror is me.
It's why I'm glad I met Tim Wyatt