Milestones. They artfully mark the progression of our lives to a higher, better place. They don’t come around that often and usually, they take a lot of hard work. But they are always, always worth their title.
- Milestone #1: Student Teaching
- Milestone #2: Conquering Public Transportation
- Milestone #3: Taking a Job on Capitol Hill
- Milestone #4: Skydiving
- Milestone #5: Speaking on live, national television
- Milestone #6: Overcoming an Obsession with Thinness
- Milestone #7: Realizing I’m Weird Just Like Everyone Else
|Living & working in Washington, DC
Milestone #1 probably sounds a bit silly, right? Why is this such a big deal? For me, it was. I was inexplicably terrified at the thought of being responsible for a classroom. I nearly quit the education program over it. I would have rather done anything but that. I remember walking through Target in tears over it when my Dad gave me a serious pep talk and convinced me to do it. It ended up not being that hard — and taught me a lesson to do things you are scared of — you are stronger than you think you are!
|Public speaking is something I do often & all these things gave me more confidence
If you told me when I was in college that I would work for Congress on Capitol Hill (#3) in Washington, DC — I would have laughed in your face. That sounded like something people who graduated from Harvard did to me. Something people with more ambition than me, that’s for sure. But life comes together and you do hard things. Moving to DC and eventually taking a job on Capitol Hill was like going in blind. I had no idea how this was going to turn out but I was doing it. It could backfire, I said. I could end up being terrible. Of course, it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
|I’m weird, just like everyone else 🙂
Appearing live on national television (#5) to debate politics on MSNBC & Fox News was it’s own kind of scary. It was so scary, in fact, that after doing it three times, I stopped doing it. It was not for me. Just not my thing. But I did it even when I was freaking out. And guess what? It served me well to TRY something like that. If I got the chance again these days, I’d do it again.
How do you find these milestone moments in your own life? You find those very things you are scared of and figure out a way to say YES. This can be as small as introducing yourself to someone important but intimidating in your field of work. It could be committing to writing the book you’ve always thought about — or signing up for the marathon you are afraid you won’t be able to run. Make a list of the things you are afraid of. Then decide how you can conquer those fears — and I guaruntee you milestone moments will appear with every one.
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