Who Moved My Desk and other Stories of Risk Taking?

Having the confidence to move out of your comfort zone, risk-taking, and empowering yourself are all related to your Self-Confidence.

So, you ask, what does my desk being moved have to do with my Confidence, empowering myself and risk-taking? Just bear with me and I will get to that.

Do you ever step out of your comfort zone? Are you willing to take a risk? Or have you found that you need to set some Boundaries, which is risk-taking

For 30 years I worked in a corporate setting,

I was a bookkeeper, office administrator, personnel, and a little bit of everything that would be thrown at me.

I was a good teacher but a horrible delegator. Why? Because that would have me taking a risk and for a long time, I didn’t have the confidence that my teaching was that good.

Let me tell you a story:

Many years ago, I sat in a meeting, the purpose, was to train us for the changes that were coming within the company. The person who had been hired to train us was a Professional Corporate Coach.

This was during the time that the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson was popular. She showed us the little movie, which was cute, and we all laughed, then she asked us a question. “How does that make you feel? What if someone moved your desk tonight and you came back to work tomorrow morning and your desk was someplace different?”

I felt an ache in the pit of my stomach because I knew this wasn’t going to go well.

Of course, everyone had different answers, there were the risk takers and the non-risk takers. The Coach then told us this, “Changes are going to happen and it is up to you if you are going to go forward with those changes or leave.”

Wow, overwhelming, hard to hear. I went home with that ache still in my stomach. I had always felt that I was a person who embraced change.

Change is constant and life doesn’t wait.

Another story:

About nine years ago, I became very sick and was hospitalized for about a week.  Another person did my work, but she called me while I was in the hospital to make sure she was doing everything correctly.

You can imagine what that was like, in fact, once I was released I went right back to work.

After this, I knew something had to change, life couldn’t wait and I needed to be around for my family.

It took me another year or so to build my confidence, set my boundaries, and take a risk.

You see, you may have confidence one time but things change and you may not have it another time.

In both cases, I left those jobs.

The last one, was when I decided to start working from home and opened my own VA Business, then I took another risk and started It’s Mother’s Turn.

Read my blog post  Self-Confidence for a More Satisfying Life

Believe in yourself.

Empower Yourself, to Take the Risks that will move you forward.

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Elizabeth Hughes-Callison

Elizabeth Hughes-Callison is an empty nester, who has raised her kids, but she will never stop being a parent. She worked for 30+ years in the corporate environment all the while raising her two children John and Leigh with husband Randy. She learned self-care and how to have a sense of peace in her home the hard way. With humor and real-life stories, she helps you learn the same.

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