Over the last few months I’ve faced one of the most turbulent and exciting times on my leadership journey so far. I use both words as I frequently went from feeling one or the other on a daily basis. The dilemma – an opportunity arose to apply for a new role in a different organisation, which would mean I would move out of an area of work where I had been a leader in one role or another for twenty-five years of my life.
I thought about my experience with FMA and how we all have the capacity to think better and that we know the mind responds differently in the presence of a question!
I decided to pose myself a series of personal questions to help decide my future:
- What would it feel like to leave my current role, apply and potentially be successful in a new role?
- What would success look like for me?
- What new leadership experiences would the new role bring me?
- What are the possibilities for my future career?
Whilst deliberating all of the above it really made me think about me! Something you don’t really find the time for when you have a busy career and family. It made me think about my confidence, my leadership and my career.
A big factor in my decision making thought processes was when I heard the following quote:
Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
This quote really resonated with me at this particular moment in time and I decided to research it more.
The quote originates from the following poem:
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
See that rainbow over my shoulder?
My cup runneth over
I don’t ask why
I say thank you
and I dance in the rain
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain”
~ Vivian Greene
Lots of different people have used the quote across many spheres of life from leadership thinking and providing coaching on how to be more confident in life, to counselling in times of bereavement.
This resonates well with a book by Mac Anderson and B J Gallagher – Learning to Dance in the rain – and I enclose an extract below.
The title of this beautiful book was inspired by a great quote from Vivian Greene: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”
How true it is! We all face adversity in our life. However, it’s not the adversity, but how we react to it that will determine the joy and happiness in our lives. During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or can we, with gratitude, learn how to dance in the rain?
I found an interesting article linked to the quote and again it helped in my decision-making process.
How many of those storms are you hiding from? While we all have our reasons or excuses, in the end, we either are doing things in the weather or we are not. That is our choice; to do or to do not. It is also our choice to enjoy it or to be miserable. Which will you choose, dancing in the rain, or waiting?
I decided that it was time for a new chapter in my leadership journey. I was hiding in my comfort zone, waiting. “Sometimes there is no possible way to do anything without getting wet”.
I wasn’t going to have all of the answers to the questions I posed, but I could celebrate everything I had achieved so far in my career and have the confidence that I can make a difference elsewhere!
It was about accepting the challenge and deciding to enjoy it.
I was successful in gaining the new position and I am now in my new role!
Are you brave enough to dance in the rain?