“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it” – William James
The demands that life makes of you don’t align neatly with your own conception of self. This is particularly true of the Competitive Effectiveness project; at some point over the next few weeks, you’ll find it necessary to be an advocate, a dissenter, a leader, or to take on some other role that feels unnatural to you. It may feel unnatural because the role will require some character trait, be it outspokenness, tact, or leadership itself, that you feel you don’t possess.
Dwelling on your personal limitations won’t help you in this situation, but stepping up and challenging them will. If you’re normally quiet, make yourself speak up. Handle a delicate situation diplomatically, even if you tend to be blunt. If you’re a natural diplomat, don’t be afraid to be blunt if the situation calls for it. Most importantly, if your group finds itself in need of leadership, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there as a leader. When life challenges you to be someone you’re not, don’t shrink away; use the opportunity to revise who you are for the better.