For a long while I’d sat and thought about setting up my own business. Each time I’d seriously consider taking the plunge I would usually find a way to spend some more time thinking rather than actually just getting on with it, much to the annoyance of my partner. Interestingly I would normally consider myself an activist however the deep rooted theorist within me had the louder voice when it came to deciding to make a change.
Given that you’re reading this it might be obvious that something changed.
Many years ago when I started my career in L&D I decided that the ultimate goal for me would be to operate as a consultant, to be the trusted professional who could make a difference to organisations. Sadly at age 18 and with my experience at that stage being based purely on selling airline seats I’m not sure I was best suited to developing any learning strategies. The challenge for me then became about learning as much as I possibly could about development and I focused my career on looking at new learning methodologies, honing my design and delivery skills and becoming an avid seeker of feedback. The net result? I built a successful career and lost track of my overall goal.
Fast forward a few years, ok more than a few, and I was still searching for the right time to make a change. It was at this point that it hit me. There was never going to be a right time, there would never be that moment where I would wake up in the morning and say that yes, today is the day, this is it. I needed to leave the contemplation zone.
We’ve all been through training sessions that encourage us to step outside of our comfort zones, to push new boundaries and try different things and so here was my chance to do just that. With the dawning realisation that I wouldn’t receive a letter highlighting that this was the perfect day I had to make a decision.
Despite the initial trepidation of leaving employment I suddenly realised that if I viewed this as a training objective, as my next personal development step and use my knowledge as a learning professional anything was possible. Keeping that in mind I approached my initial steps into setting up the business as every learner is encouraged to do:
- Set objectives
- Map out goals
- Be prepared to try new things
- Have fun* (Actually I’ve always hated that one as an objective for a training session, surely as the delegate I’ll decide if its fun or not, as it happens I am indeed having fun!)
For me, setting up 2Huskies was a development situation and as had been the case throughout my career there would be learning opportunities, the chance to try new things and grow even further. My own desire to learn more grew, and in the way I have done throughout my career I had to set a plan and go for it.
So, that’s what I did and now I find myself typing this from my own office and not just crossing off an action from my own personal to do list but achieving a goal and discussing openly my decision to start working for myself. My desire to be successful in learning and development has never dimmed and now I’m looking for ways that I can support others in pursuit of their own goals as I work to achieve my own, after all development should never stop. For me the future is not bright nor orange or any other colour of the rainbow but is in fact a blank canvas that I’m painting my own dreams on.
I’m looking forward to working with many of you in the years to come and helping you to step out of the contemplation zone. In my experience, thinking will get you part of the way there, to achieve the rest of the journey you need to dive in and get your hands dirty.