Last week was a bit discouraging and I found questioning if the corporate world is for me. I was delegated a task involving an employee by my boss that I did not feel comfortable with. In the end I did what I had to do and found the policy to appropritely justify my actions, however it made me look at by boss differently. I began to question that if he would do this to an employee that worked for him for well over 30 years, what would he do to me? As the week went on I was faced with various tasks that began to make me wonder if my aspirations to get to the C-sute was the path that I wanted to continue on.
I went into the weekend in deep thought and even found myself starting to cruise the online job postings for other opportunites. However, nothing that I saw sounded remotely interesting to me. So, I decided that I needed to consult with God on this one. I began to pray, then decided that since I had put it in God's inbox now I would enjoy the rest of my weekend and no longer worry about it. On Monday, I started my week as usual with a good message of encouragement from Myleik Teele via her My Taught You podcast show (by the way if you have not tuned in yet, you have defintely been missing out!) and a tall cup of coffee as I commuted into work. The show that I randomly listened to was titled "Staying in Your Lane" and she talked about purpose and focus. This was just the message that I needed to hear!
When you know that God has assigned you to a task or career, it is not promised that it will be without any adversity. Therefore, I made it my mission to get focused. I scheduled a 1 hour meeting with my assistant that morning and we discussed better ways of doing things that would allow us both to be more productive each day. I then set-up a block on my calendar for the first hour of the day to check emails, review important safety events that occurred within the last 24 hours, and struture my day. Followed-up by my daily briefing appointment with my assistant that is 15 minutes long for us to review the priorities for the day.
By the end of the day on Monday, I was able to cross 3 major things off of my to-do board that had been sitting there for weeks. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday I was recognized for my work on two different projects that I had been working on by Executive Team members. This immediately made me feel much better than I had in previous weeks. Many times we find ourselves busting our butt on the job, yet we feel like things are not getting done or that no one recognizes it. However, God reminds us in Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the dilgent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to proverty and 1 Timothy 4:14-15 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.
It is imperative that during times like these when we find ourselves questioning our path, that we find some encouragement by seeking direction in the bible, your favorite podcast show, book, or anything that Oprah has created! We must find a way to stay in our lane, focused on the end goal ahead, and not allow anything or anyone to distract us from it.