CoCo Reflections from Claire Gorman:
This Week’s CoCo: Be Here, Physically & Mentally
Fall is my absolute favorite season- I love the cooler temps, observing the leaves change colors, stopping by farmer’s markets, going for long walks…so many of my favorite activities are best enjoyed in the fall! This year, however, fall has felt a little chaotic. I attended four weddings (that’s like half of my weekends right there), have been settling into my new apartment, started back up with some clubs after a summer off, have been trying to keep up with friends and stay on top of work. I have felt pulled in a million directions and, for lack of a better phrase, burned out.
I recently had the realization that I hadn’t been for a long walk in a while, so this week I pulled myself away from my to-do list to go for a stroll. I was not disappointed by the beauty of my surroundings; I felt peaceful and present, and vowed that I would take another walk very soon to catch the last of the autumn beauty. To my great surprise and disappointment, it snowed the very next day. While I also appreciate the beauty of winter, I was not ready for such an abrupt change, and have been grieving the loss of attention I’d given to my favorite season.
I’m really good at showing up physically, but can struggle with being present mentally. My experience this fall has made me reflect upon how I can stay present amidst the busyness. I’ve been making changes when commitments no longer align with my interests and needs. I’m also realizing that, once again, my mindset needs to change. I tend to think things like, “when this week is over, I can relax” or “when I achieve X, Y, and Z, then I will be happy.” If I keep thinking like this though, I’m never going to relax, and I’m never going to be happy because life will always be busy! I have to challenge myself to find and prioritize the pockets of rest and joy within the day-to-day.
The reality of Wisconsin is that the snow will probably melt very soon and there will probably be some nicer fall days yet this year. In time, I know I will complete tasks that need to be done. But I’m also challenging myself to not wait around for the perfect combo of nice weather, finished to-do list, and goals achieved to enjoy a nice long walk in nature and to be present to the surroundings and people around me.
Next Week’s CoCo: Prepare For Your Work
I have been a musician for most of my life. I started taking piano lessons when I was six, and haven’t stopped playing since! I have practiced and performed many, many times in my life. No matter how much I prepare a piece though, I’m almost always riddled with performance anxiety.
Back in 6th grade, I performed in my first ever musical competition, one of my first experiences with performance anxiety. I played the classic “Fur Elise” by Beethoven on piano and played it from memory. It was going well until my nerves got the best of me and my mind went blank midway through the performance, forgetting the next part of the song. I had to stop, awkwardly pull out my music, and start again in the middle of the piece. I was mortified! I thought I was well prepared beforehand; I had practiced for months, but I was clearly NOT prepared for the nerves I had performing.
Hoping to avoid that embarrassing experience again, I started to over prepare for my performances. I would practice for hours to make sure I was perfect (that never happened) and would shy away from performing at times because I was nervous that I wasn’t prepared enough. Again, no matter how much I practiced, I still struggled to perform.
I’ve learned over the years though, that for me, the best way to improve performance anxiety is to keep performing, especially alone. Performing more doesn’t necessarily make me less nervous, but it has taught me a lot of skills and strategies on how to deal with my performance anxiety. I’ve learned the power of positive self-talk, taking deep breaths, visualizing a successful performance, and reminding myself that I’ve embarrassed myself many times in the past, so I can’t be embarrassed any worse than before! All of these strategies have built up my confidence and have made it a little easier to perform each time.
There are a lot of other big goals and dreams I want to make a reality that scare me, that I’m afraid of trying because I don’t want to embarrass myself and fail. As important as it is to do research and have a well-thought out plan, it’s not always realistic to be 100% prepared before doing something. For me, the ultimate preparation is in knowing that I can’t quite be prepared for everything. I have to actually “perform” more or take action, be willing to fail, and learn from my mistakes in order to build confidence and be better prepared for the next challenge!
- Be Here, Physically & Mentally: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Tosa Blue Team – Stephanie Severiano! Stephanie always comes to work ready to rumble and take on whatever may come her way! She is great at shifting into “work mode” and her positive attitude at work is contagious to our team members and customers. Keep on smiling Stephanie!
- Prepare For Your Work: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Oconomowoc Team – Josh Williams! Josh is a newer team member at Ocon who comes ready to work with a great attitude each and every shift. Josh is hyper aware of his training commitments and has really crushed his new hire training + barista classes thus far. Keep up the great work, Josh!
Fall Quarterly Cleaning: Fall cleaning is underway. Be sure to follow any tasks set by your team leader to tackle these cleaning lists by November 13th.
November Pay & Performance Reviews: The next round of reviews is underway. All reviews need to be completed by November 30th.
Thanksgiving & Christmas: Cafes will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23rd and Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th.
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- 11/17 – Sundance Duchow
- 11/17 – Rehaan Machhi
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- 11/24 – John Harvey
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