Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Holiday Countdown = 5 days

Today, in a small way, was quite a BIG day for me. One of those days when I decided that I was going to conquer a particular fear of mine by immersing myself in it completely.

And you know what? I’m still smiling. It was fine, and there was nothing for me to have been worried about in the first place. A bit like having a blood test, really!

In case you were wondering what I'm going on about, the truth is that it was nothing particularly substantial in the scheme of things... just a day delivering training to a roomful of people. The kind of thing that happens every day, in thousands of offices around the world. But I’d never done it before, and I’d always avoided any opportunities that arose because it was outside of my comfort zone. Believe it or not, there are situations that I find myself in that can make me feel quite uncomfortable. And yet here I am, back home after 8 hours on my feet, and holding a set of evaluation sheets that averaged somewhere between 8 and 9 out of 10 for the way the content was presented. Just for once, I’m kind of pleased with myself, and I’m going to allow myself that small luxury, at least until I fall asleep tonight. Tomorrow’s another day...

But you know what? I’ve decided that I’m going to keep on challenging myself, because I reckon the biggest constraint on what we can achieve as individuals is our belief in ourselves. Be it in the context of work or not... it’s the same issue. And the answer... just aspire. It's that simple.

Next stop, of course, is HNT.

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