What matters is commitment to the future, commitment to the customer, commitment to the mission and commitment to the process. Self-Discovery is an introspective and courageous journey that gives organizations and leaders the energy and courage to grow. -Peter F. Drucker
When I started my new position at my company, WHSV-TV3, late last year, I pushed for the freedom and autonomy to create and shape a new role that would enable me to help close some of the gaps our industry is facing between content that has traditionally been “on-air” and new digital spaces that our audience occupies. It has been both exhilarating and daunting to navigate through and prioritize the needs of this transition and some days I wish, if only for a moment, that I had simply taken a position that had already been developed and proven.
But then I remind myself that any position, whether it be one that has been in existence in our company for a long time or a brand new one, has the potential to change and it’s essential that everyone analyze the things they have done in the past that has garnered successes and recognize that what got you to that success is not necessarily going to be what will lead us to the next achievements that lie ahead.
There is so much comfort in doing things the way they’ve always been done because it feels less risky and allows us to continue to check things off of our daily list. And perhaps what we have been doing is still getting the job done, for now. But I’ve spent a lot of time working towards getting more comfortable with change, failure, risk and vulnerability. What’s different now is that I’m asking a lot of people to come with me on this journey.
It’s one thing to fail at something yourself when you know that’s inevitable for progress. It’s completely another thing to lead people on that same path knowing that everyone’s threshold for discomfort and change is different.
I am writing this, inspired by the Peter Drucker quote above, as a reminder to myself and hopefully an encouragement to all of my friends, colleagues, family and people this post will reach that if you are working towards a greater purpose, we are in this together.Even if your cause or goals are different than mine, remember that millions of others out there are feeling vulnerable and exposed by their desire to seek change and progress.
When you begin to doubt your own abilities, look inward and remember the greater purpose you’re committed to.