As a farm girl from Northwest Ohio, I’m deeply attuned to the seasons of planting and harvest. I understand the time needed for a plant to develop the fruit of the harvest.
Have you ever noticed that the things that trip you up most often are blind spots, walls you’ve put up to protect yourself or mistakes and failures of the past you’re trying to avoid?
There once was a great oak tree that stood tall and mighty. It was strong and proud. It commanded attention as it shaded the landscape around it, while holding birds’ nests and squirrels in its branches. Anyone looking at it could see how majestic it was.
Recently, a friend told the story of an experience with a co-worker. Reflecting on a client meeting where both were present, my friend was told she needn’t attend any more client meetings, because she wasn’t speaking up and sharing ideas to get more sales from the client. The co-worker suggested my friend should go back to their former role, rather than provide the strategic input of their current job.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
Is your goal to go fast or go far? Personally, I want to go far. I’d like to go as fast as possible, but I’ve learned that fast can lead to false progress, leading me to places that I didn’t intend – or really want – to go.
“Most of the things that stop us aren’t things we can’t do, but things we refuse to learn.” –James Woosley
Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about choice. Choice in where we focus. Choice in the messages and environments in which we engage. Choice in the words we choose and use. These all relate to getting unstuck. At the end of the day, stuck is a choice. It may be an unconscious choice, but it is a choice.
Over the past two weeks, I experienced some new things. I attended training to learn about the Enneagram assessment and the Activate Your Masterpiece Mastermind kicked off. Needless to say, it’s been a busy time with lots of new learning.
During a recent webinar presentation, Own Your Voice, Change the World, someone posed a thought-provoking question. They asked how to make your voice heard in a male-dominated organization.
Happy 2018! The holiday season was joyous this year, as always. Along with celebrating, I added in surgery to remove my thyroid on December 15. You know, you have to fit medical things in before you hit the new deductible. I made sure I had emails written ahead of time for the last few weeks of the year, expecting to be back at it by January 1.