I work in retail.
That is you can see about my job. I manage our inventory, update our budget tracker, and help create promotional plans that ultimately assist in our product sales.
What you cannot see about my job are our conversations in the back room are centered on setting and working towards personal goals and our monthly staff meetings take place on yoga mats. Issues between co-workers are resolved with in the moment feedback instead of inter office memos. Our most audacious dreams and plans for our store are given breath and life by an endless stream of managers and supervisors who remove barriers for us rather than act as insurmountable gatekeepers.This is not “yo momma’s” retail job.
More impressive than anything else is the emphasis placed on developing us as entrepreneurial leaders capable of leading self, leading others, and ultimately leading organizations.
Put simply: we are taught how to become leaders.
Before you can lead organizations you must be able to lead others and before you lead others you must be able to lead yourself.
According to our training in leading yourself there are seven different keys: choice, communication, integrity, personal responsibility, possibility, self knowledge, and vision & goals.
I want to discuss the key of choice. The statement that accompanies this key is “I have the power of choice in every moment.”
“I have the power of choice in every moment.”
This means that no matter what happens, good or bad, I have the ability to choose what happens next. I can choose to be happy or I can choose to be miserable. I can choose to take steps towards a future I desire or I can choose to sit where I am in the present moment and never progress or regress. I can even choose to live my life out of the perpetuation of my past, continually repeating my mistakes and enjoying vintage victories.
I have the power of choice in every moment.
As I learned how to lead myself I learned how to choose what is genuine. After years of trying out different sports, arts, studies, styles, and even personalities I realized that choosing to be genuine meant choosing the friends, activities, places, clothing, hobbies, and jobs that made me feel closest to my heart’s “true north”.
I choose to lead myself in a direction that most closely resembles who I want to be for the world, not what the world desires me to be. This choice of “genuine” resonates in my faith, my doctrine of outdoor ethics, my relationships, and as of most recently my career choices.
I have the power to choose being genuine in every moment.
I am genuine in every moment.
I am genuine.
We progress from a place of choosing to a place of becoming.