Maria Nakae

Letting go

I’m a planner. And a preparer. Which means I’m usually really hesitant about agreeing to do things that I feel totally unfamiliar with, especially if others have expectations of me that I need to meet.  But in getting involved in Future Forward, I’m happy to say that I’ve let all of that go, and have willingly and optimistically jumped into a process about which I had (and still have!) so many questions I didn’t even know how to go about asking them.
Perhaps it’s because we are being led by a very skilled team of facilitators that I wholly trust will guide us through all the uncertainty toward a clear outcome.
Perhaps it’s because I’m part of a team of incredibly smart, thoughtful and forward-thinking people who I believe I have so much to learn from.
Or perhaps it’s because I’m about to have my second baby in about a month and – in preparing for my leave – I just have too many other things to be concerned about!
Well, it’s probably more of the first two reasons than the last one…but nevertheless, I feel like my attitude going in to this project has been very aligned with some of the productive mindsets that we’ve all been working to embrace, like:

  • Energy and enthusiasm are enough to get started
  • No risk, no reward
  • We’re in it together

So yay to already being part way there! But even so, I still have a long way to go and I am really honored to have had the opportunity to be pushed to do things that people usually don’t get to do every day – like practicing new mindsets for working better collaboratively and building muscles to think and act innovatively.
What a privilege! I just can’t wait to see what comes next.

2 comments for “Letting go

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    Eugene Eric Kim
    April 27, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, Maria! We’re all super appreciative that you’ve been able to participate, despite all of the other things that are going on, and are enjoying your insights and contributions. So have these mindsets truly been productive for you so far? What have you learned? Which of your questions have been answered, and which ones still stand out?

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    April 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Wow, Maria, you’ve let go so gracefully I didn’t even realize how uncomfortable this process has likely been for that planner. Thanks for sharing so honestly. These insights are really helpful!

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