Last week, Emily got us started in Stage 5 of the Creative Superhero process, Rising to the Occasion. This is the time when preparation and opportunity intersect. Often, this will look like a chance to express your creative superpowers in some new, advanced, or more public way. Just as creative expressions take many forms, creative opportunities come in as many forms as there are creative heroes. Today, I’m going to share my story of Rising to the Occasion in my job.
When I’m not writing for or teaching with Bright Ideas, I’m an interior designer. You might call this my Clark Kent job, my Daily Planet desk job that pays the bills and uses a different side of my creative skills. I spend my days space planning offices, specifying furniture orders, and keeping crazy salespeople in line (the struggle is real). This work uses a different side of my creativity than most of my other pursuits, and has had a unique Creative Superhero journey all its own. I walked through the early days of Backstory, worked to find my place during Discovery and Fun & Games, and finally started to hit my stride in Ownership. Then along came Rising to the Occasion to throw a new curve ball my way.
My occasion came as one of my co-workers departed. She was the second designer on staff, my partner and counterpart. The daily workload of design and administrative duties had been split between two people since I joined the staff four years earlier. It wasn’t a perfect system by any means, and my co-worker’s departure prompted a reevaluation of the role. The new plan? Instead of two designers who also did administrative work, they would hire a new assistant and move all the design work to me. It was the golden opportunity I had longed for since I joined the company, a chance to take on a more important role and let go of duties I had never enjoyed in the first place. Talk about win-win!
Yes, I was nervous at the beginning. The role was great, but it required me to rise to a higher level than I’d been at before. It worked, however, because my moment to rise intersected with my moment of readiness. I had honed my skills on a smaller scale for four years, gaining the knowledge, abilities, and connections to navigate my changed role. I might have been stepping onto a higher peak than I’d reached before, but the climb to get there had made me ready. My time of preparation intersected with the moment of opportunity before me, and I said, “Yes!”
Are you facing a moment of opportunity, but feel unsure about saying yes? Chances are good that you don’t see how prepared you really are for the moment. Take time to look back over you Creative Superhero Journey so far. What milestones do you see? Where have you overcome difficulties or made advances that will help you in this next venture? How have you grown from when you started?
Nothing is ever wasted, so you can be sure that your past experiences will have given you skills to carry into the future. You are more ready than you know!
Sarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in the South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative outlets; when she isn’t making art or writing, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!