A Year of Growing
Is it just me, or is it shocking to think that 2014 is almost here?! I remember when I was a kid thinking that the year 2000 was forever-away and how OLD I’d be when that day finally arrived (needless to say, my definition of old has changed). And here we are, almost fourteen years past the “new millennia”…on the precipice of another year… And today I find myself caught in the crevasse between looking back and looking forward. What a year it has been…
In January of 2013, I was invited to participate in a client’s global business meeting and was blown away by how contagious it can be, for an organization to have a senior leader who is “all in” – someone willing to share his heart and his passion. And, as I sat in that ballroom with more than 500 managers from around the country who were totally fired up, I learned that I could trust in my belief that a leader’s greatest mechanism for engagement is being their most real and powerful self.
In February, I held a session in Dallas that I had thought was going to be a bust. I had people dropping out right and left and was making it mean something in my head. It felt hard and I wanted to give up. The people who showed up to that session turned out to be the most amazing, caring, incredible human beings – who have become dear friends, an anchor of support and extraordinary advocates. I learned to trust that things have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to.
In March, I launched OnStage Leadership in NYC. The idea of doing OnStage in one of the greatest cities in the world scared the bejeebers out of this Montana girl. It felt like a huge, scary, audacious thing to do. I learned that what feels huge and audacious is actually do-able and not so scary once you’re in the middle of doing.
In May, I had the privilege of working with the biggest client of my career. I learned that I can catch big fish if I want to catch big fish.
In June, standing in the middle of Times Square, I opened my email and I learned that a little thank you note that comes out of the blue can make a world of difference.
In July, I learned that I could risk blogging and that I could learn far more from the process that I could ever teach.
In October, I learned that life’s priorities are worth evaluating – as what feels important may not really be all that important in the scheme of things.
In November, as I hit the 100-blog-mark, I learned that I could count on myself to do what I say I’m going to do.
And this month, as I blogged about Wilken’s Farm and discovered that wishes do indeed come true if you want a narwhal, I learned that letting others know what makes them special is, for me, the key to becoming part of something special.
2013 has changed me, as I suspect it’s changed all of you. The wonderful gift in every passing year is that I’m finding I’m growing more and more into myself and more and more comfortable with what that means. Isn’t it funny, how when we’re little-little, we’re already there – we’re comfortable with who we are and with playing full out. And then it seems we spend a huge chunk of our lives trying desperately to get back to that magical place. The hidden truth is that it’s been there all along – we just couldn’t see it for what it was.
Thank you all for sharing 2013 – it has been a year of growing, with certainly more to come. We’ve got an extraordinary community of people who read this blog and I know I’m not alone in my hunger to hear about the lessons YOU have learned this year! How has 2013 helped you grow?