Me: Hey God! Good morning!
God: Morning. Good to see you so chirpy. Where are you off to today?
Me: I am going to the bus stop.
God: Which one?
Me: You know the one closest to my house, right across the street.
God: Ah yes. I know that one. There are many buses that stop there. Which route are you taking?
Me: Hmm…I know the route of Bus no.219 very well, so I plan to take that bus. I know the places it will halt and how long it will take to reach my destination.
God: You seem to have traveled often on that route.
Me: Oh yes. It is a path that I am most familiar with. In fact, at times I can even sense who will climb in and from where!
God: That does not sound exciting.
Me: What do you mean? To me, the familiarity of the stops/route and the people who climb in provides a deep sense of comfort.
God: Comfort? Are you seeking comfort? But growth does not happen in the comfort zone, does it?
Me: Why would it not? After all, I am well traversed with the ups and downs of this path. I can navigate all the bumps that come my way. I know the stakeholders on this path. What would go wrong here?
God: The chances of anything steering off course here are minimal. You are right there.
Me: Then what is the problem? If I stay on course, I can finish my tasks on time and deliver my results. That is what matters the most.
God: That sounds very boring to me. What do you think will happen if you take another bus route today?
Me: Why would I do that? It would make me totally lost and confused. Here I know how to find my way around. In today’s world, delivering on time is of essence.
God: Let me ask you again – what do you think will happen if you take another bus route today?
Me: I will be totally lost in the beginning! That itself sounds so unnerving.
God: Boarding that new bus and taking that new path is like being part of a team where you are assigned a new project of which you don’t know much. How would you go about it?
Me: Hmm…I had not thought of it like this. I guess that since this project will be critical to my organization, I will start looking at ways and means to learn about it.
God: How will you feel as you go around navigating this new relationship?
Me: God, you don’t give up do you? I can see where you are coming from. I will course be scared initially. Doubt my own capabilities and potential to do something new and different. Over time though, as I make friends and collaborate with the other team members, I am sure I will find my footing and my groove.
God: Basically, it is a question of time…
Me: Yes and no. Not just time. It is also about having the patience and courage to embark on something new and not letting self-limiting beliefs act as barriers. If I focus on my strengths and competencies, I am sure I will be able to see solutions. I guess it is just taking that first step that sounds very intimidating to me.
God: Like climbing on to a different bus going to a different route…
Me: I guess so.
God: The new bus can also take you to a wrong destination, don’t you think so?
Me: Now, that does sound scary! It will be akin to failing in the project…but hold on! What if I explore the new destination and see where it takes me…?
Me: Oh, I will find new answers! That will be exciting and will help me come up with new solutions!
God (with a wicked smile on his face): So, which bus are you going to take now?
Me (smiling back sheepishly): I am going to go on adventure and hop into a new bus. Allow it to take me wherever and I will figure my way out…Thank you God!
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