I have always loved travel. As a teenager I had an overwhelming urge to go to Italy, and as soon as I had finished my University degree I was off to Florence. I was terrified, afraid of being lonely, of not knowing what to do and where to go. Yet I had the confidence of youth that all would work out, the reassurance of those close to me that it probably would, and an overwhelming passion to go to what I was sure was the most beautiful and romantic place on earth.
And once I got there I was hooked. Not just on Italy but on the whole freedom and wonder that comes from making new discoveries, making new friends, and the overall ease with which I could ‘do it.’ I loved making my own choices about what to do each day and being able to plan my next move just a few steps ahead. Coming out of the traditional path of high school than University, this was bliss.
There were of course many obstacles and difficulties on the road, and not a few moments of fear and tear-filled calls home. But it was one of the best years (yes once I started I just kept going!) of my life.
I was reminded of this first amazing, exhilarating, learning-packed time as I start my business, Albany Lane. Just as I ‘knew’ that I would one day get to Italy, I ‘knew’ that I would one-day have my own business, and yet it took me more than 20 years of working life to finally step on to the path of the entrepreneur.
In making this change in my world of work, I am experiencing many of those same feelings I had when I began my travelling adventure: will I know what to do; will I have the right resources; will I make any friends (colleagues and clients); and overall, will I be OK.
I have researched guides and resources, worked out what I need for learning and support, been distracted and afraid, taken a few risks and continue to find my way. I am learning to trust my instincts as well as my reason for what I might need and to trust I can do things in my own way and at my own time.
In leading and managing change there is much to learn from the analogy of travel and adventure that I will explore over the next few weeks including:
· Inspiration and travel books – where in the world will I go?
· Road maps and guides – who to follow and when?
· Gathering resources and making plans – what will I need on the journey?
· Taking off – making the leap and enjoy the ride?
I hope that they support and inspire you to see the opportunity in any change or transition that you are contemplating or experiencing. By seeing it as a traveller on a path of discovery it may make it easier for you to consider the options before you, ask for directions and guidance, and find the road ahead. It may also make it a bit more fun!