I seem to write about self-confidence a lot. I guess that’s to be expected from a writer: we all struggle with it. I’ve struggled with it for a long time, both as a writer and at my day job, and more so now that I’m done with tangible goals.
“Tangible goals?” You might ask. “What are those?”
Let me ‘splain:
When I was in school, my goals were easy: get good grades, pass this year, move on to next. Life was (relatively) uncomplicated, and I could always find ways to push myself. Get a better grade on this paper. Get an A on that test. etc. I never had to struggle to find ways to push myself to do better, to be better. After that came work, where I had many new things to learn and a P.Eng. designation to apply for. I got that three years ago. And now, I sometimes wonder what I do it all for.
There’s the obvious: money, prestige, awesome suits, a bigger house, a faster car. But those have never been my goals (except money. Future Candice has a lot of expensive goals for her life and wants to retire at 45. 50 tops). But now, I suppose, they have to be. I don’t plan on becoming super materialistic; I want nice things, but things that will last. A solid wooden desk, leather furniture that my kids can spill things on and I won’t freak out, a bigger kitchen where Mark and I don’t step on each other’s toes… Nothing much. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I need a goal of some kind, to keep me pushing to be a better person. And now, I need to find my own goals, rather than having them thrust upon me.
Lately, my day job has been… interesting. I’ve been handling a lot of corporate issues, rather than project ones, and learning a lot/being exposed to the Vice President/President. Not only that, but my mentor keeps saying that, sooner than I had ever thought possible, I’ll probably be managing some super big project and on my way to the CEO of a huge company. Now, this particular mentor tends towards exaggeration, but the way that he talks about me, I’m starting to believe that I can do it. That I can be one of the few women CEOs and make millions and drive fancy cars and write many books in my spare (hah!) time and still manage to be the kind of involved and supportive, but not hovering, parent I want to be, should Mark and I ever become parents.
I may be slightly deranged (you probably all knew that, didn’t you?). But I’m also inspired. Every new job that I take on (writing or day job) teaches me something. Every task that I do or time I push my boundaries, I learn something. I probably do have the ability to go to that level of leadership, if that’s what I decide that I want. It just takes time, persistence, and a lot of fancy suits (and maybe a fast car). And that thought, the knowledge that if I wanted to go the distance: I could, has me a little more fired up about the day job than usual. And that can’t possibly be a bad thing.
What inspires you?