My social media feeds have been filled with beautiful posts of celebrating graduates. This warmed my heart as I reflected on so many families that missed the opportunity to commemorate their special day last year thanks to COVID. One year later, things are slowly returning to a modified version of normalcy and I am so pleased that these graduates are getting to honor their achievements in a more traditional fashion.
Personally, I am looking forward to my daughter’s moving up ceremony. She’s headed to high school. Still hard to grasp, but I couldn’t be more excited for her. This is a big milestone. I think that through these ceremonies and celebrations, we acknowledge the milestone…the completion of one stage and progression to the next. When you complete something in school, you get to mark it and move on to the next thing. That is a good feeling.
Our experiences in our work lives might flow a bit differently.
When you complete something at work, it is not a given that you will get to move on to the next level or another job. There are so many variables that influence those outcomes. Once you leave school and the environment of collective completion and promotion, your ability to move may be measured by a number of factors, including:
- your manager’s view of your performance
- your availability to work at the next level
- the policies and process that allow for promotion
- the competitive environment and who else must be considered
- and often so much more…
Even though you can’t control all of the variables that influence your elevation, you do control your completion and the sense of accomplishment derived from it. What are you currently working on in your journey? What will it mean to you when it is done? Are you ready for the next thing? Continued development in your personal and professional lives is of utmost importance. Make space for your
learning and growth, regardless of what you are called or paid.
Our theme song is “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner.