I started working recently on trying to find what it is that really fulfills me. I have always known that mentoring and coaching people is my passion, but I’ve never known how to turn that into a career. I thought it came about by managing people. However, I have found that, in and of itself, is not enough. My current job requires so much paperwork, change management, and politics that, while I’m mentoring every day, I don’t get to spend the kind of time focused on it that I would like.
As I’ve read through books, articles and blogs about following your dreams, it always seems to be presented in such a way that the risk is high, but that payout is higher. While I firmly believe this to be true, the risk of quitting what I’m doing and just laying it all on the line, is scary. I have been a single mom for a long time. I am happy in my house that I built. I’m weeks away from marrying an amazing man. Adding CAREER RISK to this has just seemed scary. So, I’ve made lists of things I love, things I want to do, and things I’m willing to give up. But I’ve failed to find a way to just dive in and do it.
Enter semi-annual department meeting. It’s frequently my job to help my boss put this week long meeting agenda together. As I sat, staring at the blinking cursor, trying to brainstorm new ideas for discussion topics, it hit me. This is my chance. I can set up my topics of discussion based on anything I want to do. And so I set up the agenda to allow ME to kick off each day’s meetings. I chose topics that center around positive culture change, employee morale, and leadership. I chose for my topics to be motivational learning opportunities for all the people involved in our meetings, not just my direct reports. And then I did a little soft shoe routine, to sell my boss on the agenda. I convinced him that we needed to move forward from just process and procedure discussion to help the team develop to the next level. AND HE AGREED!
For now, I’m borrowing a lot of ideas from other people. But I’m taking the first step to step in front of a room full of people and deliver a message of hope, continuous improvement and personal development. I found a way to test the waters of what I determine my passion to be. I found a way to start developing my skills slowly and with minimal immediate risk. I also found a way to breathe new life into our commercial team meetings. Pass or fail, I’m stepping out there and giving it a shot and I couldn’t be more excited about it.