We all have baggage we carry and sometimes this baggage hold us back. Few years ago I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship for a Leadership programme.
When I was advised on the appointment I had mixed emotions, I was happy and concerned. Never in my life I believed in a Cinderella story. In my family, we were raised on values and work ethics and I could not believe that a random stranger would believe in me and offer me this kind opportunity.
At the beginning of the program, I had plenty of doubts, what if I’m not what they were looking for? Am I going to fit in? The programme was designed for Leadership Women from large corporations and I was the only one from a mid-size family business.
I soon found out that it wasn’t so bad and that I have plenty to offer. In one of the sessions, we have been requested to write on stones the biggest rocks that we carry with us and reflect on the things that holds us back.
For me, it was very clear which rocks I carry on my shoulders. The first was family, ensuring that I keep the right work life balance as sometimes it can get a bit bleary. The second was education, identifying that I have a big gap that I need to overcome. The third one was career development, knowing where I want to go and what I would like to achieve. My hubby told me that this jar of rocks is a truly reflection of how I always tried to fit it all in more than the jar had a capacity to contain but in a miraculous way it all works. Almost identical to my every day life.
What are the big rocks in your life and how are you coping with it, do you take the time to stop and reflect and identify these rocks and formulate ways to deal with it and manage it all.