A Work in Progress
One of things I am constantly saying is, “I am doing this work right along side of you!” It's true. I don’t talk about topics or give activities to people that I haven’t done myself. In fact, when I teach workshops, I stop and do the activities with the group and there is always something new I take away about myself!
I am a constant work in progress. I wouldn't have it any other way. Working on my development and improving myself daily is core to who I am. I know it’s important and it is key to my growth.
Development is not a one and done thing. In fact, it is something we are doing every day, sometimes without even knowing it. It can be in the choices we make. Emotions we manage in the workplace. How we prepare for an upcoming meeting. Giving feedback to an employee.
One thing I do know, is I am not perfect (in fact I am far from it!) and need to spend the time to do the work. I am always working to better myself. Learning how to handle situations better, tackling challenges differently, and communicating with more confidence.
I am also an open book when it comes to talking about my development.
So, what am I currently working on? Right now, I am trying to manage how I communicate when I am stressed. I know myself well enough to know that when I am stressed I get irritated and short tempered. I have a short fuse and snap at those around me. In fact, I am not much fun to be around. It's important for me to work on this and start paying attention to the non-verbal cues my body is giving me that indicates I am getting stressed.I notice that my heart beats a bit faster. My hands tend to be held in a fist. Just to name a few. Awareness is my first step. Once I am aware things are happening, I can make a choice. To ignore and do nothing, or make adjustments in the moment to move me towards my goal.
This is one example of something I am working on-there are others as well!
I believe wholeheartedly that doing this work alongside those I work with allows me to a better coach. I understand the challenges, time constraints and fears that sometimes come when looking deep within ourselves. But I know that if I want to reach my goals, I need to do this work. Do it often and recognize when I need help.
Is it easy? Nope. Does it take time to weave it into my life? Absolutely. It’s a constant work in progress, just like me.
To your growth, development and amazing potential,