Venturing out into open waters can be scary and intimidating. It doesn’t matter how much experience you may have, the unknown is always threatening. I remember moving from an assistant position into a management position. I kept having doubts in my head and it was hard to block out negative rhetoric – You’re too young to be a manager. Do you really have the knowledge and ability to manage instead of assist? There are others that are much more qualified for this position. You should just stay where you’re comfortable.
The truth is that all of those negative thoughts were keeping me in my own harbor. I was tied to the dock in my comfort zone and didn’t want to push my limits and float into unprotected, open water.
Once I was able to dismiss those negative thoughts with affirmations to myself that I was worthy for this new adventure, I not only started to set sail, but I pushed full speed ahead! My first management position led to many other opportunities and gave me a platform to really perform and show what I was capable of doing. I was able to apply for positions that raised my salary, used my experience and shaped me for more opportunity.
Sometimes, people call this advancement climbing the corporate ladder, but I feel that expression is much harder when you don’t grow within the same company. There weren’t always growth opportunities for me at specific companies, and that forced me to set sail once again. I didn’t have the comfort of the harbor – staying within the same company. I had to sail to other lands!
In the end, we’re all meant for great things. We’re built to sail and explore. We’re built to navigate harsh waters and to know your own velocity!