Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone – Blog Post by Andrew Sindorf
I am definitely not in it for the money; being an AmeriCorps Member, that is. We receive a very small living allowance. Fortunately, the AmeriCorps Program that I am apart of understands that sacrifice and provides plenty of amazing professional development opportunities. These opportunities have been one of my favorite parts of being an AmeriCorps Member.
One of those opportunities has been to attend the Shine the Light forum, where we heard from several amazing speakers, connected with community leaders, and participated in discussions on how we could utilize the knowledge we just learned to improve our leadership abilities and our organizations.
I love forums/conferences, because I always seem to come away with something that I can use to improve my own leadership capacity. Leading Forward, the first Shine the Light event that I attended, reminded me to lead on purpose. I don’t know about you, but I often get so busy with the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of what I am doing, I can very easily forget the ‘why’. The ‘why’ or purpose behind what I am doing is the most important component. When I lose sight of the purpose, I can easily find myself off-track. This really hit home when the speaker, Jovian Zayne, used the illustration of a candle. An unlit candle is not fulfilling its purpose or potential. However, when we open up and share our purpose, we allow others to do the same. To bring it back to the candle illustration, when we share our light or allow others to see us fulfilling our purpose, we free them up to do the same, unleashing that potential.
Sharing our purpose often means that we must step out of our comfort zone; another thing that I was challenged to do at this Shine the Light Forum. This was something that I experienced during the Innovation Lab, the part of the Forum that allowed us to discuss what we just learned from the speaker, and put it into concrete actions that we could use to truly improve; this part is the one thing that other forums I have been to lack. The Innovation Lab is a great way to solidify the knowledge that the speaker has shared.
Andrew Sindorf was born and raised in Kansas. He was fortunate to have experienced a diverse education, and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University. He got married in 2009 and his son was born in 2014. In 2015, Andrew joined the AmeriCorps Program as a Team Lead and plans to continue as a VISTA in the 2016-2017 year.