President’s Letter – January 2019

by Nicolle Block, AMLI Residential, AATC's 2018-2019 President

Active versus Passive – which will you be in 2019?

We all remember in school when we learned about active and passive voice when we were learning sentence structure. You can describe something in two different ways, essentially conveying the same information, but with a different approach. I could say “I ate the cookie,” which is an active voice. I could also let someone else tell the story by letting them say, “The cookie was eaten by Nicolle.” Again, you are receiving the same information and both of them are accurate, but who is speaking for whom?

Too many times, we let others speak for us. Sure, we cannot always have the mic – but we also run the risk of being comfortable with someone else telling our story. If you have an active voice when you speak, then you will be the one sharing your story. You can control the narrative. There is great power and responsibility in that. When you are in control of your narrative, then you are accountable to the path that you have chosen. You must take ownership and stay open as you are at the helm of your ship. The beauty in this voice is that it is authentic and it is yours.

When someone else tells your story, they control the narrative. Is that what you signed up for? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t – you have to decide that on a case by case basis. We all partner and we all collaborate. There are so many times that others speak for us. I am merely asking you to take a step back and look at your path and the choices that put you on that path. Are you moving in a direction that aligns with your core values? Are you confident that you will achieve your goals if you stay on this trajectory? If the answer is no – then you must find your voice.

Why am I writing about this now you ask? My Answer: The New Year and the opportunity for a new you. There is a reason that people make New Year’s resolutions. There is a deep-rooted want for all of us to continue to evolve. The challenge is that we have created habits and have made choices that have brought us to where we are. We are the product of our choices, the good ones and the not so good ones. I think you will find that your voice may have been muffled or you let things happen that have led you to where you are today. The beauty of this is in the CHOICE! You can choose today, tomorrow or the next day to MAKE something happen. You can choose to use your voice and take ownership of your pathway to your goals.

I have the honor of speaking at the January 17th PSC meeting and we will be discussing this exact topic. With a new year upon us, what do you want to set as a goal? How are you going to MAKE it happen? May I suggest that it starts with your voice… are you active or passive? Answer that and everything else will become clearer much faster. Once a path is clear, the answer is generally more streamlined and simple.

In this Association, we need everyone focused, and ACTIVELY engaged in order for us to fulfill our commitment to our members. I appreciate the time you make to realize your full potential and I am also fully invested in all of your success! Let’s MAKE things happen this year, shall we?

Shoulders Back, Hearts Open – and Happy New Year!