Yes, it’s that time of year again. Lots of parents are getting their kiddos ready to go back to school. Some are getting ready for their little one to start their first day of kindergarten while others are sending theirs off to college. But what about you personally? When is the last time you’ve been ‘back to school’? For me it’s been a really, really looong time. But that’s all about to change.
In just one very short week I will be back in the academic classroom (albeit virtual) for my first day of class in pursuit of my Master of Science in Coaching and Organizational Behavior. All of those long forgotten emotions of nervousness and excitement in anticipation of learning new skills, meeting new people, and stepping into the unknown have returned, front and center.
For me, this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’m a huge believer in personal growth. Creating an annual growth plan is an exercise I do each year, and go through with my clients as well. And if getting an MS in a field that is my chosen profession is not growth focused, then I’m not sure what is. So in spite of some of the limiting beliefs that I have (I’m too old, it costs too much, I don’t have the time for it, it won’t be worth all the work, just to name a few) I took the plunge, submitted my application, and here I am, about to go back to school.
So, my question to you is this: In this season of ‘back to school’ what are you doing to step beyond your comfort zone and grow? It doesn’t need to be diving into a graduate program; maybe it’s more like taking that Spanish class because you’ve always wanted to learn a second language, or a formal pursuit of a hobby, like taking a watercolor class. Maybe it’s attending that business seminar that you’ve been nervous about going to. Whatever your ‘back to school’ is, I encourage you to stretch and grow and once again feel that nervousness and excitement in anticipation of the unknown that we all remember feeling as kids!
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