Change is scary. Trying something new is scary. Taking on new tasks that are unfamiliar is scary. In the next few weeks my role will be changing entirely. I will be jumping into a role that I am completely unfamiliar with, with tasks that I’m unsure of and expectations that I will need help to achieve. But you know what’s even scarier? Leaving behind everything that I’m familiar with. Taking time to sit down with my job description and delegating those tasks to other Recruiters scares me! I know what’s expected of me right now. I have a job description in place to follow, I walk in to work every day knowing what it is that I have to do, and I know what my expectations are.
For the past few days I’ve been constantly thinking about how I’m going to let go of my day-to-day tasks and feel comfortable with it. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of ways to make it easier on myself and I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to focus on the following three things:
1. Trust. I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my position at Plan A. Everyone working at Plan A essentially built the position that they’re in and my position is no exception. I love what I do because I built it in a way that I thought was best for the Recruitment department and the company as a whole. Leaving the position behind and moving on to something new is difficult because I’m finding it hard to delegate my tasks out to other staff in the office. Something that I struggle with daily is trust. It isn’t easy for me to pass on tasks to someone else, but I know that in order to make the transition a smooth one, I need to trust. I need to trust that everything will get done. It may not get done the way that I would do it, but it will get done.
Once you take action, once you trust, once you truly surrender, the Unknown (or God or Universe or whatever you choose to call it) will deliver. ~ Siridyal Kaur
2. Embrace it. The change is inevitable, so why not embrace it? All that I can try and do is prepare those who are stepping in and taking on my tasks to do it the best way that they can. The past few weeks have been all about creating policies so that when questions are asked an answer can be found. Writing procedures for everything that I do has also been a major focus of mine recently. Every time I complete a task that’s being passed on I think, “I should write up a procedure for that!” I write it up step by step and add it to our binder. Knowing that the tasks that I do are in writing for new staff to follow is going to make it easier to transition once it takes place.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw
3. Focus on what’s ahead. Sometimes when your personal or work life is hectic it’s hard to focus on the fact that it’s only temporary; it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All that I’ve really been thinking about when I think of the transition is everything that’s on my to-do list that I have to complete before I make the move. The list is long, the list is tedious and the list is growing daily. But there’s no point in focusing on that. Instead I’m going to focus on the amazing opportunities for growth, both personal and professional, that wait for me at the end of that list. There are so many things that I’ve never learned about, heard about or read about that I will have the opportunity to experience once I transition into my new role. I will get to meet new people, create relationships, expand my network and expand my knowledge. What could be more exciting than that?
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet. ~ Unknown