This past weekend I was presented with a major challenge after one of our salon apprentices quit unexpectedly. This was a young woman that I had put a lot of time, energy, and money into training. I was blindsided as she left for what she called “an opportunity she couldn’t pass up”. As a woman who has been in this industry for 20 years I knew better than that, however, it was what she believed at 19 years old. This ended being a very positive experience for me.
I want to give a little backstory before I explain why something so devastating could be so positively impactful. It was around this time 2 years ago that I made the decision to live a very intentional life. I know that I have always worked on growing but now I do it in a much more intentional way. When I began this journey the fear of the unknown would torment me. Thankfully, I was always a big enough risk taker that I would make the leap anyhow but not without extreme anxiety. I have spent the past 2 years letting go of that anxiety and just making the leap knowing no matter what the outcome will be it will end up working itself out in the end.
Now back to the positive take away from losing my apprentice. Even though I knew we will now be even more short staffed than we already were at the salon which in turn puts even more pressure on the entire staff I calmly accepted this young woman’s resignation. After leaving the meeting with her I realized that I didn’t feel any fear or anxiety. I simply accepted it and immediately implemented the steps necessary to fill the position.
This was such a beautiful moment for me. I had actually seen the strength and growth that I have worked so hard to achieve over the past 2 years. Something that I have worked so hard for was actually now right on the palm of my hand, so to speak. This was an amazingly empowering moment for me. I had always thought that I was capable of anything that I wanted bad enough…now I know I am.
I share this with you because at the end of the day I am just a girl with a burning desire to be a great leader. If I, some small town girl, can do this ANYONE can do it. I will leave you with this riddle
5 frogs sat on a log. 4 decided to jump off. How many are left?
5….there is a difference between deciding to do something and actually doing it.
Thank you John Maxwell for that profound little tidbit!!!!