We are all striving for being more, having more and becoming happier, aren’t we? But how much do we acknowledge what we’ve become, who we are and what we’ve accomplished?
I get all kind of comments and reactions about the letters I’ve added in my signature: M.Eng, MBA, ACC, ORSC. Some are curious what ACC or ORSC means, other are impressed or … don’t even care! Once I was asked: “Aren’t you afraid that you scare people away showing so many letters?” … or “Why don’t you drop off a few letters? They don’t match!” BTW, I believe that all our experiences add up to who we’ve become and what we can do, even if they might appear to be from a different field. For example, in my coaching practice I can relate very well with analytical people, which might not be the case of another coach with a background in HR or Literature.
There is a history about these letters, and I’m pretty sure that sooner or later they won’t be there anymore. Having an engineering degree or MBA was “so what?” for me, until I’ve noticed that they mean something… to others. Until recently, I wasn’t confident enough, proud of whom I’ve become… not even when I’ve found my passion, changed my career and get certified in coaching (ACC) and trained in ORSC (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching). The moment when start I acknowledging my own path and embrace what I’ve become, turned out to be a positive attitude shift: I’ve become more confident and I also noticed a shift in how others are perceiving me. Starting that moment, I’ve added all those letters to my signature. Not to get more outside appreciation, but as a reminder to myself of who I am and the value of my own path. And soon, I won’t need that reminder anymore … because this will become a new habit: to be happy and grateful for who I am in this moment – instead of unhappy of not being where I’d like to be. This way I’ll enjoy more and shorten the path of getting there… for sure!
What do you think? Do you care about those letters? Are you happy and grateful for who you really are in this moment? Please leave your comments, I’d love to hear what you think.
Gabriela Casineanu, M.Eng, MBA, ACC, ORSC