First and foremost, I’m going to give a big ole shout out to Cassie at Backtoherroots.com for posting today’s Monday Motivation. She captures great quotes and posts them right when I need to be reading them. Today’s quote was as follows:
Bloom where you are planted.
This is a very good proverb to keep in mind. You cannot always control the lot that life has given you but you can seek the sun and bloom anyway. I didn’t know it at the time, but I really took this to heart over the last year in my career. I was getting stagnant in my current position and yearned for change. The positions I was applying for, though, were ones that I was simply not qualified for yet–I didn’t have the experience I needed to do the job. So what did I do? Well.. first I pouted for a little bit.. then I sulked.. and then I realized that I was only making things worse and I picked myself up and dusted my hands and said “You know what? If I don’t have enough experience to get out of this position, then I am going to be the BEST person in this position–and I will raise my hand when the opportunity presents itself and I will go GET the experience I need to move on.” And once I changed my attitude, it really worked. That brings me to another (great and timely) Motivation Monday that Cassie posted:
If you don’t like something – change it. If you can’t change it – change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou
Word. I have spent the last year and more changing my attitude–being more humble at work, more open to feedback, more willing to bend, to change, to grow. I have sought opportunities and volunteered where I had no experience. I kept telling myself “This is the year.” and I’ve made it come true! I started a new position today at work. It’s a promotion with a raise, and it’s a new challenge to pursue. It’s exciting and challenging and just… !!! I can’t believe it’s true. I’m still training for it, but I keep hearing that I have such a good base. They are impressed with how fast that we are getting through the materials because I already know quite a bit of the functions. I would shine my nails on the shoulder of my shirt at this point if it weren’t for all that becoming humble business I’ve been practicing… So yes. I have bloomed where I have been planted.
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