Every journey has bumps. Every journey has struggles. Nothing is ever easy. With over 20 years of experience in managing employees, I’ve seen almost everything. I’m not surprised with much these days. Some say I should write a book with all my experiences so that others can learn from what I have gone through. If I ever did that, I think many of you would sit back and just laugh at the hysteria that is human behavior.
One situation that sticks out to me as a positive experience was all the years I spent in leadership development and training. I loved those that I worked with weekly on performance goals. I loved watching them achieve new things and see themselves break out of their shells of reluctance and fear. One individual I was coaching on public speaking in groups, another I was coaching on effective listening. Each member of my team needed something different.
Just like with any stream of water, it hits a rock and has to flow a new direction. We are like that stream. Our experiences shape who we are as a river of knowledge. We ebb and flow based on hurdles, challenges, and successes. They shape us. They mold us. We are who we are as professionals because of the rocks, twigs, and branches along the way. Don’t be afraid to bust through an obstacle from time to time though. I used to always use this amazing line on my team. I know they hated it and cringed when I said it but it is very true…. “It is when we are most challenged or uncomfortable that we are learning.” Be challenged. Be pushed, but break through and rise above.