With a name like Penny, I’m all about small change.
I’m really not a fan of the Hurricane Matthew kind of sweeping change that has the potential to leave devastation in its wake.
I much prefer the almost imperceptible shifts that first take hold of my mind and grow into consistent, small acts of courage that eventually become the habits of a new practice. As much as I’d love to call them “habits of a highly effective new practice,” I know better.
In my experience, practice seldom makes perfect. But it does make me appreciate the nuances of learning something new and understand the reason 10,000 hours of practice are necessary for achieving the mastery Malcolm Gladwell writes about.
Today I’m sharing my Resolve to Evolve presentation at a student services conference. The one thing I know after all the prepping and practicing to deliver this speech is this:
Catapulting myself out of my comfort zone and into my evolutionary zone is not an option. It’s a mandate from my soul.
To work and stay engaged and involved in a business that runs on the same schedule year after year, my curiosity cannot afford to be quenched. To write, coach, and attempt to inspire others, I must first be inspired.
As Winston Churchill once said, “Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”
No matter how often I’ve been there, done that and convinced myself I’ve seen it all before, there will always be something I’ve yet to see, hear, or do.
There are really so many experiences to be had, I can’t imagine how many lifetimes it would take to get bored with it all. And yet people get bored with their lives, their jobs, and their relationships all the time.
This is why I’m calling for an evolution revolution. The way I see it, if we’re still here, we have work to do. And despite the notion that “we gave at the office,” the truth is we have so much more to give. We just may not know it yet. Or know how.
After I divulge the secrets to thriving instead of merely surviving with these student services professionals, I’ll spell out the specifics here with you since my message will evolve just by sharing it.
Because like a boomerang, if we dare to send our message out to our tribe, it comes back to us better than before.
What will you send out today that you’ll be curious to reconnect with?