Happy New Year everyone. I do hope this year will be the year it happens for you, please ensure that you do not allow yourself to stop you. Cast those self-doubt, unbelief, and personal issues away, do not allow them to walk on your mind or back. Also, remember to cast every care on the One you believe in, trust me it works.
So, today I was sent an email with an attachment that led me an article written in the Harvard Business Review by Peter Bregman. This article was so true, it spoke about becoming better at who you are or what you want to be, the process of getting there and remaining committed through all of it. He asked two questions: 1. Do you want to become better? 2. Are you willing to feel the discomfort of putting in more effort and trying new things that will feel weird and different and won’t work right away?
My answer is yes and I have been doing this for the last 3-4 months. My new job is out of my comfort zone, my knowledge zone, my tolerance zone, my everything zone!! However as in the article which spoke about making mistakes until you become better I too found myself making mistakes and wondering ‘what am I doing here?’ I realised I was also making strides, but would make more mistakes and started beating down on myself, do you do that too? Instead of commending myself for the good changes I was making I was focusing on the mistakes and then really beating up on these shoulders. I would get home and my face would be like a slapped ass – lol. I now know that I need to accept that I will make mistakes but I should work more at the mistakes and celebrate when I don’t make any.
Why should I celebrate? Because my job is complex, see I work in HR and everyday is different. Yes, there are processes that are the same everyday, however, each case is different, each employee has individual needs etc. Therefore, I should celebrate that as a new employee in this role I get some things right!
Bregman stated that ‘learning anything new is, by nature, uncomfortable. You will need to act in ways that are unfamiliar…..you are guaranteed to feel awkward, you will make mistakes…you will be embarrassed or even feel shame, especially if you are used to succeeding a lot.’ He is so right, after working in customer services for 4 years I could do my job with my eyes closed, however, it wasn’t challenging in the right way, I was demotivated because I would do the job of a manager and end up with a supervisor’s pay and I was tired for the wrong reason, plus I could’ve done with a salary increase!
Now, in this new career enhancing role, I am in an uncomfortable position but I am working on my self, working on becoming better in my role and supporting my team the best I can, whilst working on the thing that needs upgrading – I figured it out whilst on a week long break from work haha (ironic).
All in all, remember to be yourself whilst working on becoming a better you!