Be Willing To Succeed.
I’m excited to be starting a new adventure this month, the Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership at the new Redlands University Marin Campus located in San Anselmo. As I registered myself into the first classes, reviewing the syllabus and putting dates in my calendar, all of the doubts and limiting beliefs became a harmonizing Barbershop Quartet, in black hats with buttoned up white jackets singing to me, “You’re too old, there’s no point, you’ll still be you….stilllllll beeeee youuuuuu, beeee youuuuu, youuuuuuuuuu.” All of my experience and knowledge and dreams and potential are useless against a few words of doubt in my brain. “Why get a degree in something you already do?” Before the quartet kicks in, I remind myself I want to be better than I was yesterday. It is not enough to recognize the mistakes I am making, I want to understand how to support our team better and have a greater positive effect in our community. Am I alone in this?
I am not the only one who wants to be better tomorrow than I was yesterday, in fact, I see all of you coming to classes at MPY, doing the work to be the best versions of yourselves. Whether it is to heal an injury, improve your strength or flexibility, create more peace or love or simply for physical goals or to be more chill, we are all at MPY for some form of improvement. How does this mesh with “I love you just the way you are,” hello Billy Joel. The changes we do are for ourselves, not to make someone else happy or accept us. You can stay the same and evolve into something better at the same time, I know, mind blowing.
What does this really mean for MPY and you? Maybe nothing. I’ll be reading books and asking questions, writing papers analyzing methodologies, thinking about process and challenging my assumptions (read at night, classes are on Saturdays). I will need and use every skill I have to execute the plan we have for 2020 and pursue this personal growth. I will also make mistakes, this is nothing new, you have witnessed me make mistakes for the last 6 years. Improvement is a series of mistakes and feedback, I think.
I’ll be at Yin with Kelsey tonight (Thursday) at 7:15pm and looking forward to Mirza’s discussion on Belonging and Connection. I share with you my plans because I want us all to be part of this evolution together, whether that is in class today or in the changes that come, we are better because we show up and do the work, because we try new things and find new ways to fail until we get it right. Whether you want to run a 5K or a marathon or learn a new language or make a better salad (thanks for the vinegars Jeff) or learn how to ride a bike this year, let go of your limiting beliefs and be willing to succeed. You can do this.