What I learned in my first week of Leadership Classes

11th May 2012 | My Life | 2 comments

That I need to change my way of thinking
On the first day, our teacher made the statement that we are no longer hourly employees but salaried management and that we needed to start thinking like it. I know he is right. I also know that this is something I am going to struggle with. But to be successful in my new position, I can’t do two jobs at once, because if I do, I will fail. And that is not an option! :)

That I am the ringmaster of my own circus
A big part of the focus this past week was time management, and we used Juggling Elephants by Jonas Loflin as a resource. One thing that really stuck out for me was that we shouldn’t let other people or things become ringmasters of our lives. I know that the internet is a huge time suck for me, and I’ve let it become the ringmaster of my life at times. It is something that I need to get under control, because I don’t want to look back on my life and regret things that I didn’t do because I spent too much time online.

That I can do okay on my own
I am at a place where I don’t know anyone, and other than at class times, I am by myself. And you know what? That’s okay. While I have done things on my own before, never for such an extended period of time. It’s a little lonely, but I’m okay with that. The key has been to get out and do some exploring on my own. I found some of my favorite stores: Barnes and Noble, Loft, Bath and Body Works, so I was able to do a little shopping. I even went for a spur of the moment pedicure.

Another thing I discovered while being alone, a Kindle just doesn’t cut it! I need the companionship of a real book. Thank goodness I found that Barnes and Noble!

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Robin

20th May 2012 at 10:54 PM permalink

Just don’t forget to reach out to other people while you’re acclimating to the new environment. I still have a hard time being alone, but knowing that I CAN pick up the phone or message someone to hang out helps me alleviate the pervasive loneliness I often feel. :)
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Samantha Bangayan

22nd May 2012 at 11:53 PM permalink

Being completely and utterly alone has always been learning experiences for me too. =) I still feel awkward even though I find myself in the situation a lot, but I always end up surprising myself like you have! =) Reading about your spontaneous pedicure put a smile on my face! =)
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