Have you ever felt the fast acceleration in a car where your body gets pushed into the back of your seat as your stomach gets queasy? Well in a lot of ways, this type of sensation has been the feelings attached to our first two months as state officers. For me, the largest form of change occurred as I learned the importance of perspective in any situation.

After our facilitation prep training at the end of March, our team had one and a half weeks to be fully prepared for our first District Leadership Camp with the Snake River District. Throughout that time period, I was nervous about the idea of facilitating. In my mind, it was going to be like presenting my workshop to a panel of judges that would call me out on my every move. With this perspective, I never felt like I was quite prepared for what was to come, and the looming future came all too quickly. 

The morning of the event I was doing a variety of double-checks to make sure that I had everything I needed to be successful. After arriving and participating in a few ice-breaker activities, we were ready to break out for our first workshop session. With a group of nine members, my mind suddenly jumped to the fact that I didn’t have my binder that held a reference to my order of the workshop. Immediately the cold rush of fear swept over me, without my material I would have to do it completely from memory! As I dove right in with my first set of instructions, my mind blanked on the proper structure and as a result it was a pretty directions. Internally, I braced for the snickering and mockery that was bound to come from the poor direction set. But instead, a member helped clarify with a question or two and they began the activity! As they were working through the activity, I was spinning! Here I was, so focused on nailing concise directions, that I missed the leadership strengths and comprehension of these amazing members!

How many times are we expecting to have a looming panel of judges pointing out our every mistake? By having a bad perspective of any experience, we can expect and even see failure more than success. If we simply changed our perspective, we will be better tuned to the positive events happening in our lives. So the next time you are in a tough situation, I want you to ask yourself; What am I focusing on right now? For me, I was focusing on being judged for my mistakes, and not the support that would come from the amazing people that I met. If we begin the process of improving our perspective we will be better prepared for our future no matter what it is. 

Sincerely,

Hunter Bingham

State Secretary