I struggle with being assertive.
Being nice? Having fun? Keeping things light and fluffy?
Welcome to my comfort zone or my discomfort zone, depending on the day.
Lysa TerKeurst says it best:
Having a comfort zone doesn’t mean you’re always comfortable.
I’m being stretched in this area at work. Accountability in the work place, especially for those of us in management positions, means holding meetings to discuss progress.
Guess who’s the bearer of bad news?
Yeah. Fun-loving Audra.
And most of the time it’s not terrible news. Managers are just trained to notice things that are not going well–and then come up with strategies for improvement.
I’ll be really honest with you. I have to pray a lot when receiving instruction and correction. When my thoughts are allowed to go off alone, I take it personally–and even my controlled thoughts find me vulnerable.
Receiving instruction with grace is always a choice I have to make.
This is one struggle that can send my emotions and relationships into a tailspin. One of my goals for next year is to deconstruct this area and come up with a battle plan.
For now, though, I’m sitting in a hard place. Things have gone wrong and all I can do is clean up the mess.
Can I give you some advice?
Don’t ignore warning signs.
Don’t put off conversations.
Pretending everything is okay, will be okay, can be okay is not helping.
Which brings me back to being assertive in the workplace…..
If management teaches you anything it’s how to conquer fear, especially when your fear pops up as a subject in a meeting about your personal performance.
Here’s what I’m learning as I face up to my insecurities about giving/receiving instruction and correction:
Dealing with a problem is always uncomfortable. Stop waiting for comfort to come along. It won’t.