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After being miserable for so long in my career, I finally started taking steps that led to a better situation. I began to choose me.
Here are 2 examples from when I was in the Corporate part of my career:
- I was in a cube environment and really wanted more privacy. I noticed that some people had screens. There weren’t any kind of guidelines around who could have a screen. I shared with a friend / colleague of mine that I wanted one. One day, she was on the floor above ours and saw that a contractor that had a cube screen was leaving since his contract had ended. She called me and told me to come up right away and we moved the screen to my cube! To top it off, I was challenged by several people that it was just a boring white plastic screen and I needed to do something about it. So, I encouraged my team to put art that they loved on it. It became the screen of art on my floor that not only benefited me, but others as well. I also hung a pink flying pig windsock that had been given to me and you could see it from outside in downtown Charlotte! It was a landmark that was talked about regularly! 🙂
- I was determined to be able to work from home periodically. There weren’t any official structures to do this, so I decided to empower myself and told my manager I was going to be working from home on Fridays. He was a bit wary at first, but saw I was getting the work done and before I gave my notice to start my coaching business, I was working from home every day. To top it off, me setting that precedent led to my entire division becoming one of the first groups in my financial services company to telecommute! I checked in 5 years later and this initiative was still going strong.
Fast forward to today and I am still choosing me. I am actually taking a month long sabbatical. This is my second year of doing so, and I am proud of myself for going for it.
I truly love supporting others in choosing themselves! If you are stuck or frustrated in being able to choose you and aren’t currently thriving in your life, I would love to have a conversation with you. You can schedule a call with me at: www.michelebrant.com/call.
What if you really could choose you all of the time in your career and life?
Here’s to CHOOSING YOU in your career and thriving every day of your life!