By: Jessyca Feliciano, President, ALPFA Boston –
Editor’s Note: ALPFA Boston is the local chapter of the largest Latino professional network in the country. Its mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. For more information visit: www.ALPFABoston.org
How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something you really wanted to do because you were afraid of failing? This is a common occurrence for many people. Over the years I’ve learned that one of the most damaging things we can do to ourselves is to stick to what is comfortable and avoid new challenges because of fear.
Someone once said to me, “the magic happens when you step outside of your comfort zone.” At the time I thought, “sure, that’s easy for you to say. You’re not the one taking the risks.” However, today I look back on that and I realize just how true that statement is.
When I was younger, I didn’t realize what I was capable of because I allowed my fear of failure to overshadow my potential and abilities. My confidence level did not match my capabilities and I realize now that when those two elements are out of balance we hold ourselves back from reaching our full potential. For me, that realization was a moment of immense growth and discovery.
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Throughout my journey, I’ve learned many lessons. Here are a couple of key ones:
- Nobody is perfect. Don’t expect it and don’t strive to be it. Once you allow yourself to accept this you will be freed from your fear of failure. By letting go of this you begin to accept to risks, and while risks can come with failures, they can also come with greatness! Remember a failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.
- When you take risks and step outside of your comfort zone, you have the opportunity to inspire and impact others around you. Think about it: at some point in your journey there has been someone who has made an impact on you in a positive way. You watched them, you learned from them and you walked away changed as a result of them. You can be that for someone else. Rest assured, people are always watching.
I recently took my own advice and stepped out of my comfort zone and accepted the appointment as the next ALPFA Boston Chapter President. I never imagined I would be capable of leading an organization in this capacity but others saw the potential and they encouraged me, challenged me and held me accountable.
Now, for the first time in my life, my confidence level matches my capabilities. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and I’m ready to let the magic happen. I encourage you to do the same.
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Jessyca Feliciano is Presidenta of ALPFA Boston y and is also Senior Diversity Sourcing Consultant at State Street Corporation.
Jessyca earned a Master of Education with a focus on Organizational Development and Leadership from Cambridge College’s Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College.