For as long as I can remember I have been a girl who makes check lists. When I write things down I feel like it breathes life into my goals and plans for the future. While on a work trip in San Diego back in November, my co-workers commented on how many alarms I had that had went off over the course of the day. At dinner that evening, one of them said, "Crystal, what are all of those alarms for?!". I then easily explained that I have several alarms that go off from the beginning of the day to the end to keep me on schedule with the things that matter. Keeping a schedule and writing things down have afforded me the opportunity over the years to accomplish a lot of things despite my circumstances.
At the beginning of the year as I was completing my annual performance evaluation, I was challeneged by the question of what I wanted to accomplish in my career in the new year. As I thought about it for a moment, all of a sudden I remembered that we are trying to get a new tower built at our hospital to solve our capacity issues. I said to myself, "how great would it be if I could just be a fly on the wall for this project once it is approved?!" With my aspiriations to be a Chief Operating Officer one day, being on the project team for a $300 million project in any capacity would be a career changing opportunity.
Fast forward 6 months later and our hospital president scheduled a shirt meeting that he titled "Catch Up with Crystal". I was not sure what he wanted to meet about seeing that about a month prior to that I had met with him to discuss my long-term career goals and to see where he felt I fit in the vision of our hospital with him as our new president. However, when I left the meeting I did not feel reassured that I fit in his long-term vision. To my surprise, he presented the opportunity for me to serve on the new tower project as the communication liaison between our corporate executive team and our hospital department leaders. He informed me that the last time our company did a project of this magnitude, the woman who now serves as our Chief Experience Officer is who served in this role when she was a Director. This excited me even more because she is a woman that I have admired for awhile now and have taken notice to how she has progressed within our company over the years. I graciously accepted the opportunity and thanked him for thinking of me.
About a week later on a Friday I was finishing out my week catching up on things and I got the ambitious idea to contact our female exective to see if she would be interested in meeting up for either coffee or lunch. I explained to her that I had been appointed to the role of communication liaison on the new tower project and would love if she could provide me with some tips, lessons learned, and/or words of wisdom. To my surprise, she consented and we scheduled a coffee meet-up for the following Monday morning. That Monday morning we met for coffee before work and we discussed a wide range of topics from our career journeys to how to leverage each opportunity to get to the next level.
When I think back over my life and career journey, I am reminded of how far God has brought me. I am appreciative for ever opened door and every closed door as well that has directed me to this point. When you ask to be a fly on the wall and you are actually appointed a seat at the table, that's what you call breathing life into your dreams! Is here a wish, hope, or dream that you need to write down and breathe life into? If so, get going...
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)
The Just Live by Faith
2 “Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.