Written by Nguyen Huong Ly
My second week has passed, with more struggles, more confusion, more resistance, but also full of valuable lessons to be learnt. The other day I was writing down on my little diary: the honeymoon stage is over. This doesn’t mean I enjoy my time at Knowmads any less. It’s just that I’m facing more and more things I’m not comfortable with and that I’m having to learn to take responsibility towards those choices I make. That is not easy at all.
In week one, I started looking at many different ideas and learnt about different perspectives, getting to know the group, being opened up and sharing. All of those were fun and refreshing. This week was more about start “doing”, taking actions, while not being so sure about what I really want, and maybe that’s why it can be such an irritating process. Working on mapping out the personal project, learning how to manage it and turn it into a To Do List is not that “piece of cake”. It’s annoying. I see this feeling the most during personal project time in which I only have tools to work on and every other choices are mine.
Among the workshops that I had this week, again I really enjoyed the time with Phan Y Ly, learning more about mindfulness and facing my own vulnerability. I do believe that understanding myself and know how to observe how I react to things are very important and useful as for everyday communication.
I learnt from Ms Hue from MCD, that people matters and while planning as well as managing a project, finding the right people to team up with is crucial. Last but not least was the workshop with Jason Lusk, which taught me a lesson about having a vision. One thing that hit me was: a vision does not nessesarily have to be that huge thing I used to think. It can be just the small little things that I want others to think of me.
By the end of the week, after having a long coaching talk, what I found out about myself is that I am still running away from problems and responsibilities. Once I can learn to face them, I guess I would find myself growing more, personally and professionally.
I think the honeymoon stage comes to an end as a part of the way leading me to a much better stage where I learn and grow more.