Hello SOTGC community,
In a world where opportunities are plentiful for those willing to stretch themselves, we’re forced to fit everything in a day’s work. We are conditioned to think the grass is greener and more vibrate on the other side of the street. This, at times, leaves us feeling like we should be doing more and known for more. We begin adding on to our already-full plates, as if we’re missing out. As if there’s some elusive “thing” that needs our undivided attention.
However, I have grown to know and appreciate staying in my own lane and mastering the knowledge, skills, and talents given to me. When we try to operate outside of our area of brilliance, we risk negatively impacting our professional image. Just think … engaging in an arena that doesn’t directly fall into your sphere of influence could result in more damage than good. How many times have we witnessed individuals volunteering to do a job that’s out of their league? For the sake of saying they were involved, connected, and included. This person is your “jack of all trades and master of none.”
I am often reminded of Steve Jobs and his passion, enthusiasm, and commitment for doing one thing and doing it exceptionally well. He understood that Apple represented more than just computer products and fancy electronics like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. He was adamant about Apple being an extension of life. Steve challenged his employees to see Apple and their contributions as brilliant works of art to share with the world!
Maybe it is your passion and heart’s desire to create a clothing line just for dogs, or empower young people about the importance of finding their voice. Or, maybe it’s your calling to educate parents on the many ways to advocate for their children. Whatever, it is … know which lane is yours and Own It!
There will always be other lanes with new, fun, and exciting things to consider. But when you understand the value you bring to the table, you won’t worry about the possibility of your lane being minimized or even forgotten. Think of Beyoncé and how she has masterfully created a brand of her own. Many have said she has the “it factor.” Would we catch her outside of her lane? Probably not! Because she understands where her strengths are and remain true to herself by staying in her lane. So much so that she dominates with command and brilliance. It’s important to hone our skills and share them with the world in a way that is seamless and authentic.
Owning our lane requires that we not only stay focused but we must stay present! This affords us with the freedom, space, and consciousness to make each and every day a day of excellence. So, the next time your friend, colleague, or sister tells you she’s starting something new, simply smile, congratulate, and support her, knowing that you’re staying in your lane. Now, how will you Own It?
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