Recently, a drastic change arose in my workplace and this reminder couldn’t have been more timely!
I started working for my employer nearly 3 years ago and had no prior experience in the field. The hiring manager was short-staffed, desperate, and took a chance on me. A few short months later, after business was calming from it’s busy season, she let me know that she was glad that she’d taken the chance on me…..I’m glad she did too….
Nearly 3 years later, that hiring manager left the company and the business owner was tasked with finding a suitable replacement to fill the unexpected job opening.
To say that I was hesitant to throw my hat in the ring is an understatement. That’s not to say that I thought myself incapable of the job. On the contrary, I felt, and still feel, capable of my abilities to step up to the role. As confident as I am, second guesses still creeped in.
“You really think you can do this?”
“It’s a lot of responsibility. Have you thought this through?”
“Who says you’re qualified?”
“Prepare all you want…What if you botch your interview anyway?”
The key to solving this issue is in where you focus your thoughts. Though there may be some degree of truth in your whispers, you need to recognize when something is truth and when it’s a lie meant to keep you from following your path. I was willing to entertain some whispers in conversation because they had a degree of truthfulness but I refused that same courtesy to others.
Despite the whispers, I put my hat in the ring and scheduled an interview.
I prayed long and hard on whether this was the right decision for me. I prayed long and hard that I’d find the strength (and lose the doubt) to prepare for the interview. I prayed long and hard…and prayed some more. Then, I went in for that interview as prepared as I ever could be and waited 4 days for the announcement to be made. That was almost 2 months ago…
Today, I’m the dept manager.
I’m thankful to God for listening to and guiding me. Thankful that management took a chance on and believed so highly in my ability to take on this role. Thankful for the additional support that I received from friends and family who cheered me on when I felt my confidence slipping. Thankful that God placed all of these people in my life so that I’d find myself in this position today. And…
I feel thankful that I didn’t listen to the whispers…
The decision to throw my hat in the ring was the best decision for me. This new job has been the most challenging thing I’ve done in quite some time and I’ve always loved a good challenge! I love waking up in the morning and feeling motivated to get up and go to work. And, I love feeling excited for what this all means for the future…
The quote comes from the book 100 Days to Brave by Annie Downs.
If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend checking it out!