A Message from our President
The second half of the year has begun (already?!?). For many organizations, this means that you are starting a new fiscal year, glad to wrap up the last one and eager for the promises of the new one ahead. What will you make of it? Will it be a good one? We all have high hopes for the next 12 months, but are our self-perceptions about our abilities—our concerns, hesitations, and doubts about succeeding—going to hold us back? Will they overshadow the messages that we share with others about who we are, what we do, and how we make a difference in the world? Or will they invigorate us, give us energy, and encourage others to share our vision and enthusiasm? Good questions, and a lot of them. In this month’s article, Jennifer Kearney analyzes her own self-perception and decides to take a look at it from a new angle—something we can all do now and then.
Along the lines of fiscal year thoughts, we are eager to share with you news of our latest search. The NC Opera is seeking to hire a new Company Manager, a fiscal- and program-oriented administrative position. Check it out and share it with colleagues who might be interested. And, if you know of an organization needing support during their search, feel free to pass along our information to them.
Happy New Year!
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Article of the Month
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Approximate Reading Time: 3 Minutes
The Power of Self Perception
by Jenny Kearney
After years of staying home with my children, I continue to find myself in that not-so-uncommon spot, torn between the desire to work and the need to be available for my kids. As I’ve dipped my toe into the working world, I’ve always cringed when faced with that question - “What do you do for a living?”. Although
I’ve been working from home for over 8 years, I’ve felt like a fraud every time I answer that question and here’s why.
Several years ago I offered to help a friend create a website for her small business. I had never built a website before, but I thought it would be fun to try. I helped this friend, then helped another. That friend told a friend. Eventually, I had helped out quite a few people. However, it was just a hobby because, after all, I was self-taught with no formal training, was helping friends or friends-of-friends, certainly wasn’t doing it full time, and this was something that anyone could do, right?
One day while getting ready to go to a professional networking group I had joined, I was thinking about how much of a fraud I was. However, during that free-thinking time that frequently comes while in the shower, I had an epiphany. In a mere matter of moments, my self-perception completely shifted. I realized that I am not pretending to be something I am not. I am, indeed, an entrepreneur with real clients, fulfilling a need that is out there, as simple as it may be. My clients have expressed satisfaction with my work, paid for it, and some have passed my name along to others with glowing references. (For the record, I don’t advertise and I don’t solicit.) I may not be formally trained in what I do, but I do it. And it is desired. I am providing a real service for people who want a simple on-line presence for their business.
I have stumbled into a way to balance my desire to be available to my kids and to fulfill a personal need to provide (albeit it in a very small way) financially for my family. Nothing physically changed (except I did get a little cleaner). Very little time had even passed. However, I walked out of the house that day a whole new person. I eagerly await the next time someone asks what I do for a living. I’ll enjoy the answer. It’s amazing what a small shift in self-perception can do.
Bottom Line: How you perceive yourself, your self value, has great impact on how you approach the world.
Jenny Kearney maintains the Capability Company website and communications. She also develops clean and simple websites for small business owners. You can see her work at www.jskearney.com.
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