Grow through your challenges

I’m the type of person who likes to be in my comfort zone. Where I prefer to be in familiar areas and feel very uncomfortable when I have to do something that I’ve never done before. However recently, I made a decision to change my job, as a retail assistant, which I have been comfortably been doing for about over 2 years.

I didn’t change jobs because I hated my work. I changed jobs to open better opportunities.

It was a struggle for me to do because I liked the idea that I knew how to do my job very well and pretty much worked with the same people for the past 2 years. It was easy but I felt like it was now all to familiar and didn’t challenge me anymore. It didn’t however bother me at all but seeing as I’m about to finish University, I really didn’t see myself progressing my career in that area.

So it was time to look for other opportunities.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do and where I wanted to work. Job applications were just sent from every direction.

When finally I received an offer from a very wonderful company, I started to get butterflies in my stomach. For excitement but a lot of it out of nervousness. This new job is one that I’ve never done before. Although it is still in customer service, it was a different kind and the products I will be dealing with was not one I thought I would ever go near. It made me have thoughts of declining it because I already doubted my capability of performing well in this new role. I thought to myself, “Why are you doing this? It’s not at all that necessary. You work with great people and they want you to stay. It’ll be easier for you to stay.” I almost allowed this to take over my decision.

But then with a lot of great thought, prayer and advice, I knew it was time to move on and a great chance to a new beginning.

Now being in the new job for just over a month, I have no regrets for accepting their offer.

I have learned so much, gained so much knowledge of something that I thought I would never understand. Yes, a long the way through my training, I doubted myself for being able to learn all that they wanted me to learn. There were times where I felt my brain was being overloaded and that nothing will be contained in there. I was scared I was going to fail in the job and not be able to perform as expected. However, I am ever so thankful for having had such amazing support from the trainers and mentors. They were just filled with lots of encouragement and cared for my learning. They wanted to see me succeed and that really put back confidence and belief in myself.

Not only has the new job provided me with new knowledge and challenges, it has also given me the wonderful opportunity to be able to meet a lot of new people. I’ve never worked in a large company and worked with so many people. The most I’ve probably worked with was 10 I’m guessing! I love to meet new people and especially in this new company, I’ve been blest to have colleagues that are so friendly, welcoming and very helpful.

With training now over, and on the job, I have just proved to myself that one can achieve anything.

I never thought it would be possible for me to be doing what I’m doing now. I filled myself with a lot of doubt which brought me down.

The one thing I learnt through all this was that doubt in yourself does not provide you the pathway to go beyond what you think you can achieve or do. It limits your capability. Change or doing something new is important as it allows one to be able to challenge themselves and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential.

Have confidence and the will power to push yourself. Anything is possible when you put your heart to it.

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