How many of you out there have been chugging along at your normal pace, normal surroundings and all of a sudden you are thrust into an unfamiliar setting or new challenge that has made you very uncomfortable? If so, how have you responded or handled those situations? Did you cower in fear and let someone else take over? Did you run and hide in hope that it would just go away? Or did you jump up, lean forward and face this challenge as a new beginning? After seeing the list of options, I truly hope it is was the latter!
As many of you know, I recently had a significant change in my professional career that will definitely be a challenge and if not approached appropriately could lead to me feeling overwhelmed. However, as I have approached many of the new beginnings I have encountered over the years I choose to use the same approach that I have used in the past to aid me in achieving success and that is to lean in and face new challenges head on. Not to say that I did not go into these new beginnings without some fear and/or apprehension, but rather embrace that feeling and ensure that I made every attempt to get it right.
I was recently privileged to attend a ceremony that recognized the best of the best within our entire organization which numbers over 91,000 personnel, which is impressive in itself and the common theme amongst the four winners was the fact that if we are not constantly uncomfortable in our surroundings then we are not challenging ourselves enough or that we are not doing it right. Not that we should always be in a constant state of fear or disarray, I do believe we should always be in a state of constant growth and development and facing new challenges will typically aide you in that development.
The point I am trying to make is that although facing new challenges may appear overwhelming or may cause fear and anxiety, in the long run you will be better off for having stepped out of your comfort zone to face this challenge and categorize it as a new beginning. The sooner you embrace the fact that you will constantly face challenges the sooner you are able to redirect your energy and focus to overcome the challenges you are faced with.
With all of that said, I am ready to face my new responsibility with both anxiousness and excitement. I already view this new challenge as a new beginning and I can not wait to get started!!
Are you ready to face your new beginning?
Dr. Joseph E. Hamlett