Are you willing to get uncomfortable?

Late last year at my full time job, I was asked if I wanted to train a class of 7 people for about a week.  I would only be training them on a few of the forms we processed, these forms being some of the easier forms, therefore it would be a very easy class to train.

I was asked to train because the actual trainer was out sick and they needed someone to get the job done fast.  Everyone pointed to me.  I stood there in shock like a deer in headlights because I had never trained a class before.  I’m also one of the employees who has been there a shorter amount of time than the others.  I wondered why they would choose me out of everyone else that worked in the department.  The more I sat there and questioned my ability to train an actual class the more everyone kept saying I would be the perfect fit.

I finally agreed to take on the huge task but I was really nervous.  In case you didn’t know, I’ve always been more of a behind the scene person.  Getting in front of a class teaching them was totally out of my comfort zone.  To be honest, I was uncomfortable!  My voice was shaky.  I had so many “what-ifs.”  But I wanted to take on the challenge because I saw this as possibly being a great opportunity.

By the end of the week, I was starting to get into my groove and getting up in front of the class to teach was becoming easier and easier.  All I had to do was to begin to have confidence within myself.  img_7632So, when I was asked again to train 5 additional people this past May for an entire month on everything that we do and not just a few of the items we processed, this time I was very confident and was able to say yes, immediately.

See, there wasn’t a question of if I knew the material.  I was sure of that.  But for many years I was allowing my nerves to outshine my abilities.  I wasn’t willing to get uncomfortable BUT I have learn that growth only happens when we are uncomfortable and when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.

I no longer ask “why me” but now I say, “why not me.”  At this point in my life I am willing to grow however necessary.  If it means I have to get uncomfortable then I’m willing to do just that especially if it will benefit me in the end.

Remember, if you’re willing to get uncomfortable, then you’re willing to grow.

If you’re recently had a growing moment, please share in the comments!

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If You’re in High School or College – Read This!!

It was a long time ago, like 1999, long time ago when I graduated from high school.  I really can’t believe it’s been that long.  But, if there is one thing I want to stress to all of those in high school or college is the importance of interning.

You may have started to apply for jobs by now and if not, you will notice quickly that experience is always a prerequisite.  You will think to yourself, well how can I gain experience if I can’t get the job to get experience?  Here is where the importance of interning comes in and it can truly help you if you use it to your advantage. Continue reading

Surviving Layoff in the 21st Century

It was one year yesterday since I started my new job!  It went by fairly fast, if you ask me.  It was a major career change that I was somewhat forced to do which initially made it a little harder for me.  When I first started I felt overwhelmed because everything they did was different from what I had done in previous working environments.  I honestly didn’t think that I was going to make it BUT I’m happy to say that I’m still there, things are going exceptionally well, and I’m exceeding in all areas.  It took a little time though.  I basically had to grab a hold of  how they processed their work and adapt to new changes.  Change can sometimes be difficult but I’m a very fast learner so that’s always a plus!  Happy Work Anniversary to me!!!!!
Now…………..What some of you may or may not know is that I’ve worked in the insurance industry for 10 years (now banking) and in 2014 I was laid off due to the company outsourcing overseas. The company I was working for had been doing

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