Think, Act, Play, Be…Different.

The theme of this week’s sales conference has been all about being different…think different, play different, BE different.

It was written around the lanyard around my neck with my nametag. It was flashed on-screen in a snazzy logo for the week’s sessions, and it was exactly how I felt from the first step into dinner the first night.

Different.

I felt different. Better. Happier. Confident. Not intimidated.

I felt different because I belonged. Because I am part of this team. And because I have made a difference.

I felt different because when I introduced myself to people, they instantly knew who I was, they remembered my name, had seen what I’ve done for social media and as part of the corporate comms team, and simply being recognized…felt incredible.

To be asked to meet up for drinks with some of my team and a) not being scared or saying no and b) enjoying every minute of it, laughing, joking, engaging in conversation with everyone, made me feel so incredibly good. I belong here. I am part of this team. And I daresay I am making friends and I didn’t even realize I had.

I felt different also because I look different. And people noticed. I think partially because maybe I carried myself differently this week than this time last year, but also in the physical changes. My boss’s boss (my interim boss while she was on maternity leave, as you may recall) again said how good I looked and how proud I should be of the changes I have made. Another coworker asked what I’d been doing and said I’d totally ‘leaned out’ since last year (and this comes from a guy that has 2% body fat and is a fitness fiend!), and another that said I was ‘all muscle.’ Um wow, thank you…that too felt different. In that I accepted the compliments and felt proud of them.

And the funniest part of the week, hands down, had to be when the SVP of worldwide sales (aka hello big wig!) said at the opening remarks at day two of the conference in front of the global sales and marketing team ‘and this morning, at the gym, I ran next to Jolene and if I thought so-and-so [removing name for anonymity] kicked my ass, I was wrong. Jolene kicked my ass this morning on the treadmill!! (I am partially glad the room was dark as my face went beet red…even though I was at the same time, incredibly proud of that moment – thank you interval day! – it was definitely the funniest and one of the most memorable of the week! Even though I felt like a sweaty, gross mess running next to him that morning…it paid off!)

In a nutshell, this week was confirmation that the past year of hard work, dedication and focus, in my job and in my personal fitness journey has completely paid off. And it confirmed that I do have a game face, I can convey confidence and I am kicking that self-doubt that plagued me last year, and even just a few days ago.

Think…Act…Play…Be…Different

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27 thoughts on “Think, Act, Play, Be…Different.

  1. Wow. It’s like this conference theme was written just for you. You are about a million times different today than you were a year ago. I could cry I am so proud of you – for just how much you’ve pushed yourself way, way, WAY outside of your comfort zone and have kicked ass the entire year. I totally and utterly admire you and am looking up to you as I embark on my own crazy scary new job journey and will be thrilled if I learn and evolve even half as much as you did in this past year by this time next year. I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face, I can’t even contain it. SO SO SO much to celebrate this weekend sis. Hurry up and come home, I MISS YOU!!! xoxo

    1. This almost made me cry sis. Thank you for being so proud and supportive. It has truly been a crazy year in so many ways but this week validated it all for me. Finally. Love you sis and can’t wait to celebrate together :) xoxoxo (and you will kick ass this year!)

  2. Reading this makes me so PROUD of you!! You have made a difference and are continuing to make a difference – you should feel so good about that. You always make a difference for me when you comment on my blog posts. I appreciate so much. Way to go. The kudos are well-deserved. :)

    1. Aww thank you Penelope!! That made me smile huge :) it has been an incredible year, even if very trying at times. This week made me realize how worth it, it has been. And your comments always hit home for me too!! Glad mine do too :)

  3. Ahhh, the annual beginning of the year sales conference – I have all kinds of memorable experiences of those shindigs :) Glad to hear it all went well! It’s been so amazing to read your professional progress over the past year!

  4. Go you!! Seriously, you should take a minute and just reflect on everything you have accomplished over the past year and how much you’ve grown. It’s an incredible transformation. :)

  5. this makes me so happy! what a beautiful post with confidence and healthy pride for all of your hard work – physically & emotionally, through workouts and blogging – clearly it’s paying off. and while it’s great that others are noticing because reinforcement ROCKS, I’m just so inspired by your attitude and how you approached the conference/traveling. xo

    1. Aww, Dorry, this was honestly the sweetest and most heartfelt comment and it totally made me smile big reading this on my drive home from the airport yesterday!!! Thank you! Reinforcement DOES rock!! That is such a great point. XO

  6. This post makes me grin from ear to ear!!! I love hearing stories from my friends that involve others making it a point to commend them for all their hard work. It’s really hard these days to get people to notice anything…let alone really put forth the effort to say something.

    What makes me even happier for you is I know that the second you stepped in the room for the first time this year, it didn’t even take someone saying anything for you to feel more confident. You don’t need others to tell you how amazing you look or how hard you’ve worked…you know it and you’re proud of yourself. That’s phenomenal. :)

    1. Thank you friend! Ya know what? It was one of the first times I have been able to graciously accept a compliment and stand confidently behind it too! I used to just shy away from taking compliments and say something self-depricating. But not anymore…I am proud of myself and I think it’s good to be. We deserve that, of the hard work we do! XOXO

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