Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nervous System

Last week, I was hosting a tech webinar at work when suddenly there was a system glitch and my session was terminated abruptly. I switched to troubleshooting mode immediately, as the guest speakers and attendees waited on me to revive the session. As my mind raced and hands scrambled across my keyboard, I took one quick moment to stop and assess my body language right there and then.

While I kept my cool on the outside, my muscles were tensed up. Face and thighs were stiff, and my toes were curled up.

The moment I realized my nervous stance, I released and relaxed. I was deliberate in my troubleshooting and more fluid, and smartly resolved the issue in good time. 

I've kept and replayed that episode in my mind a couple times since then. The awareness in that moment was a game-changer for me. I decided that I'm no longer striving to do "perfect" work or get tense when I find errors there.
Instead a face-palm and smile would do, and I welcome the uncomfortable mistakes and challenges that present room to grow.

Growth and contribution, that's what I'm here for.

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