Leading with Why

Tackling that First Day

After brimming with excitement for a couple of weeks about finally landing that new job that I had been searching for over the past 18 months, I finally made it to the first day.

My path to this new career opportunity will probably resonate with many other job seekers out there. For 18 months I worked as a part time employee in a job position that I actually created. It was meant to be a stop-gap along my road to a full time job, a respite to gather my thoughts and network my way to that “next step”. That respite quickly turned into a break and then a sabbatical and then an all out desperate cry of WHHHHHYYYY!!! At the end of the battle I walked out of the melee a better person with a lot more to offer than I would have ever been able to gain if I remained stuck in a position where I didn’t want to be.

Now, I’m back in the saddle and ready to rock!

As expected, the day before, bees had made their nest in my stomach and a troop of little mice had joined the wheel and set my mind spinning in a million directions. What was it going to be like? Who would I meet there? My god! What was I going to wear!?

In a strange twist, I found myself waking up on that first day with a full night of sleep. I couldn’t believe it! I actually felt refreshed. The bees had moved on to a new tree and the mice were disbanded. I had settled my nerves with one simple mantra: This is a new beginning. I am a new man. And, I am going to be ok.

This led me to an unbelievable understanding. It may be difficult to grasp, but I began having “realistic expectations”. I know…I’m just as surprised as you. All of the questions, all of the worries, all of the fear was over absolutely nothing. What was it going to be like? I didn’t know. Who was I going to meet? I had no idea, but I was going to stick out my hand and say hello. What would I be doing? No clue, but I was going to learn how to do it. What was I going to wear? Suit up David, and look your best.

All-in-all I picked simplicity. Why worry about that which you do not and can not know? All you can do is know that you are going to be ok, that the world has balance, and that the unknown is a fascinating place to learn something new. In a nutshell, keep it simple. Don’t bring your own complexity with you, trust me, it will find you on its own. A blank canvas is the perfect place to paint your vision. And simple expectations are a perfect position to tackle the complexity that you are going to encounter.

I hope this made you better…

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