We all remember our first days of high-school, college, our first job.
We all remember the feelings of butterflies in our stomachs when we took our first steps into those positions, the feeling that we were unqualified for what we were doing, that we didn’t belong.
What if my coworkers don’t like me?
What if I’m terrible at my work?
What if I mess everything up?
These are the thoughts that run through your mind during those first few days as you tiptoeyour way around the workplace, being careful that you don’t do anything that will get you noticed, with the fear that when they notice you, you will mess up. But eventually you do get noticed, and you don’t mess up, and soon you develop a rhythm.
It has only been a week and you have already fallen into a rhythm. You walk into your workplace and say hello to the receptionist who now knows you by name, you get you morning coffee and strike up a conversation with a coworker who you’ve quickly developed a friendship with. Whereas before you looked around chaotically for the sugar and cream, now the location is familiar and your reach for it instinctual. You walk to your desk, take a rejuvenatingsip of coffee, and look over your daily schedule that has become all too familiar to you.
You notice a new task that you haven’t encounteredbefore, but you no longer feel uncertainty and fear of messing it up. You have survived a week in this place without messing up, people have congratulated you on how good of a job you’ve done, and you belong here. A smirkcreasesover your face as you look forward to undertaking this new unproven challenge. The day begins and you fall into your rhythm.