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3 Things 2016 Taught Me: #2 – Leap! Leap! And Leap Again!

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2016 NIGP Young Professional Scholarship Recipients

2016 was a year full of lessons for me. Every time I looked around I was learning something new or having something re-iterated to me in a different way. I would even say that I possibly just wanted to pay closer attention to what was happening in my life. Thus, the lessons just meant that much more.

So, let me give you a little background on the 2nd lesson 2016 taught me. I am an undergraduate and graduate school alumni. And like most Americans I paid for it on my own. Unfortunately, I never applied for scholarships to assist me. I should have, but I did not. I have a laundry list long of reasons that I never did, but to keep it short, I know that I should have. Fast forward to 2015, I ran across a scholarship for young professionals in the field of procurement. The qualifications were simple. Candidates were to be under 40! That was me. Or they had to have less than 3 years experience in the field of government procurement. That was not me, but I met the first criteria, so I closed my eyes and leaped. Applying for a scholarship was unchartered waters for me, but I leaped anyway. I submitted my application and with much anticipation, my application was declined. The scholarship would have been so helpful. It would have afforded me the opportunity to attend one of the largest national government procurement conferences. Without the scholarship, my chances in attending were slim to none since my company’s budget is not always plush enough for such expenditures. I read the rejection letter with disappointment, but I was convinced I would try again the next year.

March of 2016, I saw the enrollment period online for the scholarship. I again completed the application, submitted, and waited for the response. I took another leap. Not much changed from 2015 to 2016, but clearly it was my time and I was awarded the all expense paid scholarship. Talk about elated! I was much more than elated. I was grateful. Thankful. I was also aware of the lesson that came from it.

Life will ALWAYS have some moments of let down or disappointment. Things will not go your way 100% of the time. The key is our reactions to those moments. When I did not get the scholarship in 2015, I did not get pissed off and damn the entire scholarship agency to Pluto. I regrouped and thought about what I needed to do differently. In this instance, I needed to just be patient and get ready to take the next leap. In 2017, know that there will be areas that may not be favorable in your eyes, but the bigger picture is that you must continue to leap. It’s the unchartered territory that we are sometimes required to travel in order to see our goals come to fruition. You must continue to take strides towards whatever the goals are that you set forth. I leaped from 2015 right into 2016 right into my scholarship! I will continue to leap and I encourage you to do the same!

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Concerned Visionary for Your Life

Quick post alert:

It is that time of year again for me and my daughter. December is always our time to reflect and really begin digging into the goals for the next year. By now I have already revisited my ‘written’ (cause that’s key) annual and long term goals several times throughout the year. I used to throw my vision boards away but three years ago I decided to start keeping them. It has become a great way to hold myself accountable but also to help me stay on course and keep a good perspective on what I have achieved, am achieving, and will achieve. Some people call it corny, I call it being a ‘concerned visionary for my life’. Whether you choose to try it out for the first time or maybe you have done them in the past and have plans for doing one for 2017, do it with the intentional thought that everything you dream can be achieved. Sometimes its just a matter of seeing it before you see it!

Happy Vision Board season!

The Imaginary Cliff

textgram_1478185549Imagine you are standing at the very edge of a cliff. The highest you could ever dream. Your foot may wobble for balance; knees may weaken a bit. Your heart begins to race; brow pulling sweat from within. You may even see a few crumbles of rock break away and fall beneath you. As you look down you begin to feel every emotion inside telling you to fear what may be below that cliff. From rejection to unresolve to failure, you believe that what is waiting for you underneath that cliff is anything but your next step to success. Instead of taking your next step, you contemplate if you should just stand still or actually turn around. As if those options are safer. You are practically convinced that moving forward is not your best option. The reality though is that sometimes taking that step; moving forward is your only option. It may be the only option you have to reach whatever that next goal is that you have set in your life. So why believe anything else?

Your somewhat distorted belief may be based on some past experiences of yours or at least the negated ones you choose to recall first. Once upon a time maybe in the far distance or even if your recent moments, you have taken a step that led you, in what you felt, was the opposite direction of victory. The truth however, is that for every opposite direction of victory you have encountered, you have for sure accomplished a victory. Remember that job you have been on for a while now? Victory. How about that degree you are almost finished with? Victory. Did you forget how your children excelled in various areas in their life? Victory. Are some of your closest personal relationship currently sound? Victory. Maybe you closed off in your mind the victory of you making it from day-to-day. The point is, in all of those victories you stepped off the cliff. You did not turn around. You did not stand still. You took a step. With each step it turned out that there never really was a cliff. You did not fall. You actually stood tall and walked into your next victory. Those are the moments that are important for us to recall.

textgram_1478185434We are not perfect, thus our emotions are not always in the best position to keep our victories in mind. If you are currently in a state of anticipating defeat, remember that you may simply be imagining a cliff. It could actually not exist. Also, remember the feeling you’ve had ever time you achieved a victory. Reject the idea that you are going to fall; knowing what it feels to stand tall and be able to move forward. In the words of a short fiction piece I wrote a few years ago, always work to ensure your Faith is Greater Than Fear.

 

 

Faith – The Driver of Your Future

faith“Hello. My name is Christin Webb and I am a recovering worrier.”

These are the words that I said to myself as I prepared for bed last night. The evening hours is usually when I spend my time reflecting. I reflect on the day I just ended and begin reviewing what tomorrow may present. Sometimes that reflection becomes moments of worrying about things that I often have no control over. When I realize I’m starting to worry, I immediately stop and begin praying. I begin praying over the things that I am concerned about and promise not to think any further about them; accepting the fact that my prayer will be answered and things will work out as they should. In other words, I’ve learned to be more faithful about the ways of my life. I say I’m a recovering worrier because it’s an ongoing task to remind myself not to be worried, but be encouraged in knowing that God is merciful and extends grace all the time; therefore moments of worry are merely rejections of my faith. I’m clearly not in the business of rejecting faith, so I must be cognitive of not worrying. It’s a process, but when done with intent, works.

As relates to your passion; how can one be successful at living their passion out loud if they are in constant worry? Following your passion, like anything else in life, can come with some moments of concern, but the same requirement exists – having faith that all that should work out will do just that.

For all the recovering worriers, you are not alone. The goal is to remember that worrying must be a practice of our past and that having faith becomes our habit because it is the only driver that makes our future truly successful.

The Practical Pursuit of Success

Success Just Ahead - Green Billboard on the Rising Sun Background.

For the last three years this blog has continuously stressed the importance of following your passion, striving to be the great you, and working towards success. In between a lot of the theoretical jargon, there have been posts about steps on obtaining those goals of success or passion(s). Today, I want to focus only on the practicality of success.

Must you believe in yourself? Must you have an undeniable attachment to what your passion(s) or goals are? Is faith clearly apart of the process to reaching said passion or goals? But of course. Without works, faith is dead according to James 2:14-26. This scripture couldn’t be more evidently true. Yet, sometimes we have to pull our heads from out of the clouds and let our mental desires align with our body and just do it. You may have a passion or goal to gain a specific position at work; you may want to gain new clients for your passion of baking; you may even desire to become a playwright. Whatever that burning desire or passion is, its only that without the required action. Success is practical, not just theory. Theory is good because it gets us to thinking about what we want to do, but being practical gets us to obtaining that desired outcome. What’s the point in traveling the path of the rainbow and never getting to the ‘pot of gold’ we always hear about?

Much of what I’ve accomplished to date didn’t come with me only believing in myself. It came with me actually taking the steps required to become author, screenwriter, or professional Christin Webb. I had to research. I had to study. I had to earn multiple degrees. If today you have a goal, but aren’t putting your feet to the pavement, I urge you to sit down (don’t stay there long though) and devise a plan. The old school way would be to get a pen, paper and write down what steps are needed to become the great you that you see yourself being. Research and network, then modify those plans accordingly. Create milestones to track your progress. Reward yourself when you have met some of those milestones and when you haven’t. Critique what may have made you miss the mark. Don’t let those missed marks or ‘failures’ deter you from continuing your pursuit. Inquire to some of the same people you networked with to see if they can see something in your actions that you couldn’t. Their feedback may be invaluable.

Now if you’re someone who already gets it; you already know what it means to practically chase down success, your task is simple. Share your experiences with those that are currently in pursuit of success. Remember, you were once in pursuit. Reach out to that younger you or that underdeveloped you and let them know that 1) their plan is commendable and 2) constructively provide them with feedback that could catapult them into their next hemisphere of success.

Let’s work to not only believe in ourselves; trust that we are capable of achieving those goals and/or passions, but put our bodies in motion and let success know that its ours for the taking!

Until the next post, let’s all live passionately and out loud!

*The author of this post is not the owner of the image*

Intentional Introduction

headshot in black and whiteOne of my favorite mottos in life is based on the fact that our success is greatly dependent upon our intentional actions towards obtaining them. You will get absolutely no where without stepping forward; one step at a time, and putting your full self; 100%, into whatever your goals are. Be it a degree, a job, a relationship, or whatever, along with God’s purpose for your life, you MUST be the change agent in your own life. You don’t ‘happen up on‘ your goals. If you’ve ever achieved any of your goals, and I’m sure you’ve achieved some, you were intentional about obtaining them. You, in a sense, introduced yourself to what your intent was. That last job you had, you set your eye on it; you prepared; you earned a degree; you networked; you worked hard; you stayed positive and in essence you began the introduction to your success. In case you’ve found yourself in a rut or maybe began to ask the questions on where or how you’ll get to your next phase in life, more importantly, get to it successfully, start today by introducing yourself to you again. Introduce yourself to that job; relationship; house; family; degree. Be intentional and know that it won’t just fall into your lap. Literally say, ‘Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m going to achieve said goal!’ It’s yours for the taking!

“You can’t stumble upon greatness; you have to intentionally walk up to it and introduce yourself.”

Awakened with Purpose

Awakened Purpose

 
I awaken with purpose
With my vision inclined to see the very possibilities of my future
I am the way of my happiness; the truth of my peace
I breathe the energy into my ability to be passionate and embrace the heart beat of positivity
I awaken with purpose
I reject negated thoughts of defeat
I defy the challenges that attempt to steal the joy that is defined for my life
I move forward with intention, determination, and victory already achieved
I awaken with purpose
For the purpose is within me, lives through me, and can be seen around me
The purpose is not chaotic
It is the solace and the intuitiveness of who I am
I awaken with purpose
My soul is encouraged
My spirit is fulfilled
My mind is renewed with the purpose of this day and those to come
I awaken with purpose
The yesterdays are no longer present
My mistakes aren’t familiar to where I’m going
I am the being created with intent, discovery and the impact of life.
I awaken with purpose
I awaken
 
– By: Christin Webb

Climb Every Mountain…

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Climb every mountain
Search, high and low
Follow every byway
Every path you know

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I LOVE to start a good post off with a memorable song. I remember singing “Climb Every Mountain” when I was in elementary school and I always love to hear it on the classic movie ‘Sound of Music’. Today it seemed most fitting for what my recent life experience has been.

The last few weeks have been quite interesting for me. My plate is feeling much more full than I care for it to be, but I’m remaining optimistic in that I know this too shall pass. Yesterday, I made a pretty tough decision on something I was toiling with and somewhere in my decision-making it made me think about the different challenges I’ve experienced over the years. I compared those challenges to mountains and how I had no choice but to figure out a way to get past each of them.

What was my approach? I chose to climb them. I wanted to get to the other side of the challenge therefore I needed to be strategic on how I would successfully climb each mountain. Each planned step in my strategy was a stake I planted; sometimes soundly and other times maybe not in such solid areas of my mountain. In those more hollow areas, I had to re-evaluate the situation and find another place to position my stake. Surprisingly, I’m alive and well today, thus I can say, I’ve climbed over some mountains in my life. You can say the same as well. You’re reading this today, positioned differently than you were years, months, even days ago. You’ve overcome some things in your life, even if you’re facing a new mountain today. Some may argue why not just walk around the mountain? Well, my response is, think how much stronger I’ll be on the other side when I’ve used more muscle, more tenacity, more determination, more will power to get to the other side of the mountain.

The key to the idea of climbing mountains and the resonating point is that there will always be a mountain that presents itself. Sometimes you’ll see it closer down your path and other times it may be too foggy to see until you walk closer to your life’s destination. Either way, you have one of two choices. Climb the mountain or keep looking from the bottom wondering what the other side looks like. Know that every mountain isn’t the same height, length, or depth, therefore your plan to overcome must be keenly tailored to each new challenge. It doesn’t matter if the new mountain looks like the highest mountain you’ll ever have to climb. You can and will. Your approach will need to be different, but you can.

Today if you’re facing a new mountain, remember the previous mountains that you overcame. You were able to pay that bill; to pass that test; get that job; switch careers; work out that relationship. The new mountain is just another opportunity for you to realize your strength, potential and determination that was given to you. Claim your victory!

Until the next post, passionistos and passionistas, keep pushing and climb on!

 

Successful Again…

If You Were Successful OnceEvery one has had one of those moments in their life that seems like the goals you’re after are harder to reach than you could have ever expected. The fortunate part is that those moments usually fade away. How so? Well, eventually you did accomplish a goal; maybe even that specific goal.

Today I just want to encourage you to remember that today doesn’t represent what your past has been or your future will be. When the going gets tough, attaining those goals gets further away, remember that once upon a time you accomplished a goal. It doesn’t matter if that goal was big or small; recognized by others or not. You accomplished it. Keep that in mind when you’re working on new goals. Maybe its a new car you want. Trying to finish a degree? Looking for better schooling, housing, relationships? Whatever your goal is, don’t forget that it can be accomplished!

Check out the picture up top. It’s a quick saying that came to mind today on my FB post. Be reflective upon it as you work towards your goals. Your past goals required some level of blood, sweat, and tears; therefore your current and future goals will be no different. Be patient yet dedicated and determined to keep moving towards those goals.The possibilities are endless. Today is only temporary.

You CAN do it!

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