Last week, I started a new job running the market intelligence function of a mid-size global medical devices company that’s poised for exciting growth. My team is responsible for staying on top of customer wants and needs, competitive forces, industry trends, as well as implications of the healthcare reform. It’s a fast-paced environment, and there isn’t much ramp-up time for my specific role—not that the over-achiever in me really needs any nudging to want to contribute right from the start!
Over the weekend, as I reflected on my first week on the job, I simultaneously felt challenged and excited—really excited—about this new chapter in my professional life. Although there’s much for me to learn and grasp rapidly, I started to feel being in my groove again in a way I didn’t over the past 2 years, when I had shelved the business leader in me to embrace the personal empowerment work I wanted to do. I also really like my boss and my team, as well as other colleagues I’ve met thus far. What lies ahead in this role energizes me, the steep learning curve I’m facing in short order notwithstanding.
Do you know that fear and excitement carry the same energy in our body? It’s only the meaning we attach to each that makes one feel bad (fear) and the other good (excitement). In other words, it’s our interpretation that feels bad or good, not the energy itself. Knowing so gives us a great deal of power to shape our own experience in any situation, instead of being rendered powerless to the whims of circumstances. After all, we have full control over how we interpret any situation, so long as we bring consciousness to seeing what meaning we choose to ascribe to it.
Knowing the Way—and Not Losing It
As I’ve written before, I know that one purpose of my returning to the corporate world is to model fearless leadership. To be able to model anything, I need to be able to live it first. I need to stay grounded in the power of my higher self and my inner wisdom, lest I find myself sucked into the undercurrent of any chaos that may arise at any point, or falling prey to the knee-jerk reactive fear of not knowing the answer or being wrong and, in turn, losing my job. In short, I’m committed to staying centered and not losing my way.
At a practical level, I also realize that some adjustments must be made to my daily routine. Going from the past 2 years of setting my own hours working from home to some 12 hours per day away at an office—including a commute—something has to give. This change in my daily routine requires honest reassessment of what’s really important to me:
- What do I deem as critical priorities for which to protect time?
- What do I need to let go of and from which to release (ego) attachment?
Aside from ensuring that the important relationships in my life don’t suffer, I got clear about 3 things that are critical to maintain, lest I lose my way in this new segment of my journey:
- My spirituality – This is my most important priority. This last week, I woke up 2 hours earlier to make sure I started each day with my meditation and journaling practice, before easing—not hurrying—into my morning commute. For not being a morning person, that wasn’t as easy as it may read here. However, I was committed to doing so, because I knew that if I weren’t grounded in my center, I’d be prone to getting tossed around by the current of circumstantial pressures, forgetting my purpose and access to my inner wisdom—and losing my way. Beyond my daily spiritual practice, I’m in the process of looking into different meditation practices that can help me go even deeper into my connection to the Divine. By tending to my connection to Divinity, it can only make me a better leader.
- Time to decompress every day – If I allowed myself to become depleted, I’d be no good to anyone, whether in my personal life or at work. Especially with a significant change in my daily routine, I had elected last week to spend the few hours before bedtime to honor my introverted self and do what felt good to me, which wasn’t much on most evenings. Going forward, I’ll be even more selective about whose company I keep after work and on weekends, and what kinds of social engagements I accept.
- This blog – It’s part of my personal mission to be able to share reflections and lessons learned about living—and leading—consciously from the heart, not just the intellect. I’m committed to protecting the space and time to continue to reflect, write, share and, hopefully, inspire.
On a related note, to my friends on social media, please accept my sincere apologies for my inconsistent presence and engagement of late. I trust that, after you’ve read this post, you’ll have a better understanding of the reason behind.
To everyone reading this post, I hope my personal reflections on making sure I know the way—and endeavoring not to lose my way—through this recent professional transition encourages you in some small measure to think about the following:
- What am I committed to doing so as to know my way?
- What will I do to stay grounded in my truth and connected to my purpose?
- What are my priorities? What’s important to keep in my life, and what must I let go, if necessary?
So, what do you say? Would love for you to share any reactions you may have in the comment box below.
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