I was twenty-one years old working for Starbucks Coffee company sitting in a management course for store managers called IHE, Increasing Human Effectiveness and I heard the quote "Life is a Journey Not a Destination". I had a huge "Ah-ha" moment that rippled all the way to the core of me. The intention of the course was to highlight that as store mangers, being an effective leader started with us, our individual development. I know that is what Starbucks wanted me to get out of the workshop and that I did, and a whole lot more!
The fire that was lit in my soul that day set in motion a transformational journey of a growth mind-set that still burns bright today.
Last week, I had another wave of realization about the journey, and I love what one of my mentors says "insight follows experience", thank you Kathlyn Hendricks as this could not be more true for me!
I had been preparing for weeks to speak at a conference, many long Saturdays preparing slides, finding quotes, images and video to assist in illustrating my points of consideration for my audience.
What happened? I presented, it went great, I had a blast! And, just like that, it was over. What I did not realize until AFTER was that the gift, the learning and the experience was all the activity leading up to and the day after, not the actual speaking. Don't get my wrong, I love speaking and celebrate the opportunity, it is a total rush to impact more than one person at a time, I love it! In this case I want to highlight how impactful it was for me to realize after the event how critically paramount my preparation process was. For me, the actual preparation was the meat and potatoes of the meal, the finished product was the dessert.
What a lovely reminder that all of the milestones that I experience, the mountain peak's summited, that arriving to the goal is great, but the walk towards the peak is where the juice of it is!
One of my favorite trends in my own life is that of personal development. I value my own development greatly and start each day reflecting, meditating, reading insightful works of others to prepare myself for the day. What I love is that ten years after I heard a memorable quote that sparked my fuse, that I can see the learnings in my day to day actives still happen all the time. Everything is truly in service of my own learning.
What about you, what parts of the journey have really revolutionized your life?
Lindsey Rainwater is a consultant and coach to the fitness and wellness industry. She specializes in business development and leadership. Currently she is working with the Fitmarc Team helping Health Club owners all over the south central region of the united states propel their business forward via group exercise solutions. For more information about Lindsey, follow her @lindseyrainh2o