As a mentor, part of my job is to encourage and support people who are contemplating and then tackling change. I know this can be the most difficult time for many of us. Making the decision to do something differently whether gargantuan or minute and breaking the habit of doing what we have always done is immensely hard; but it will be a game changer, and it will be worth it.
I encourage and support change in my day job but actually it is in my DNA, so I do it all the time. Sometimes it might be a conversation; sometimes just offering the right word at the right moment; sometimes a card, a note or an email. I do it with with no hidden agenda, in the moment, and frequently forget all about it and move on; I never know, or worry, whether my tiny intervention will bear fruit.
This week I had the wonderful experience of someone telling me about the positive effect I have had on her. I admire Gemma. She works, she has two children and a couple of years ago was diagnosed as a coeliac. Life presents her with many challenges. Gemma was a freelancer and taught me all I know about Twitter. Then she decided to take the massive step back into full time employment. We met, I thanked her and a bottle and card changed hands. The rest of the story is Gemma’s but that day I did something right and helped someone find the courage to change and to persevere. Thank you for telling me Gemma but much more importantly keep the faith as you continue on your journey.
Please read Gemma’s story and be encouraged.