I ended up spending about seven and a half hours on calls and meetings yesterday. Today, I shared this with the leader in one of my groups.
(The leadership and management program I’m a part of tosses you into a bunch of groups and pods straightaway.)
When I shared what I saw unfolding, she said, “it sounds like you’re expanding.”
I like how she put it.
And it made me realize something.
Expansion isn’t necessarily easy, even if it’s something you ultimately want.
It sounds good in theory, sure, but when push comes to shove, it means taking on more, being accountable to others, fulfilling on commitments, and leaning on others for support. Not trying to do everything yourself. There’s a limit to how much you can realistically take on.
Because expansion can be difficult, we often resist it. We don’t rise to the challenges staring back at us. And sometimes we aren’t even present to those challenges.
But fundamentally, if you want to keep growing, you need to keep expanding.
What are you resisting? In what areas are you failing to rise to the challenge? What responsibilities are you avoiding because you just don’t feel like taking them on?
These are the areas in which expansion is asking you to meet it.
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