As 2012 draws to a close, I believe it's important to review the past year so that I can prepare, with joy the new year.
An interesting theme emerged from reviewing some of my old blog posts and journal entries. If I had to sum up this past year with one word, it would be this: persistence.
Last year, I wrote longingly about wanting to have a more flexible work lifestyle and with my own business. I wanted to be more available for my family and have more free time in general but I really was unsure about how I could make that all work.
My son, my youngest has been a wonderful teacher. Unlike me, he is without question an extrovert. From infancy, his daycare teachers referred to him as "Mr. P." for "Mr. Personality". He is a charmer and delights in talking with strangers. His personality is so alien to my own that I delight in the fact that he is so quick to jump in and experience life. Of course, like most children, he is also incredibly persistent.
Last year, he would ask me every single day, if next year, when he would be in fourth grade if he could please PLEASE take the “yellow” bus home instead of the after-care bus that picked him up from school in the afternoons. My past work schedule did not allow for that unfortunately because: I worked for someone else. I felt the typical guilty mother feelings and man, was he relentless!
My son's daily plea was a much needed push for me to GET IT IN GEAR and really start working on my business ideas. Guilt gave way to me questioning why I was doing what I was doing. It's true that I wanted to give my son what he wanted. But his persistence called forth something in me. Something wild and rebellious. In my old job as an HR Manager, my natural talent for coaching took a back seat to constant restructuring, firings, large scale layoffs and indecipherable office politics.
My decision to change my life, to make a different choice did not happen over night. I wore my thoughts on my face and people starting noticing that I was somehow different. I silently told myself that I wanted more out of life, even though I did not completely believe it then. I started to pay attention to the inklings, which is the birth place of persistence.
Persistence is about hanging on to those inklings even if they are slippery at first. If you hang on long enough, persistence transforms into change.
My biggest changes for 2012 are these:
I am excited to begin the new year!
Tell me in the comments below, how you meet persistence.
All my best,
Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.