Lead a Gr8 Life

Janice Matthews is a native Liberian who grew up in Round Rock, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  She has been in the Financial Services Industry for 18 years.   As a leader at University Federal Credit Union, she has a passion for helping members and helping employees grow, develop, and become more effective and engaged.  She is married with a son who is currently attending Prairie-View A&M University. 

I was introduced to Gr8 Women Leaders through an email from Darlene Templeton in July 2014.  I was intrigued by the program based on the title and because Darlene (whom I met through Texas Women in Business) was involved.  I didn’t know her well, but I loved that she was energetic and she remembered how to pronounce my name correctly after our 1st encounter (Janiece even though it’s spelled Janice)!  I was in a place where I knew what I wanted to do, I realized that what I was doing was not working for me and I needed help.  Within the first meeting, I learned that I was not alone! We were all a little lost in our journey towards our goals and needed a little guidance and direction.  I was inspired to think about “What matters most”, “the 80/20 rule” and most importantly, to live in a “no sorry zone”.  My outlook towards my goals changed and I found myself with more confidence and feeling empowered to ask for what I needed.  Was it easy? No.  Was I scared at first? Yes!  I went from being the quiet one that didn’t say much, to asking direct and specific questions from not only my peers but our Executive leaders! I will be honest and say that the first time I did it, I was freaked out.  After I had my I can’t believe I just did that freak out moment-Darlene can attest to that! I felt extremely proud of what I accomplished.

Since Gr8 Women Leaders, I no longer try to do it all.  I know that I can say no to something, and its okay.  In my coaching sessions with Darlene, she always asked, “how does that feel” or “what does that look like to you”.  I have learned to celebrate my successes, no matter how small or big.  To give more thought to how I felt about something that I did or said. Take action rather than be paralyzed by a goal.  Visualize; see what I want the end result of my goal to look like.  Am I where I need to be? No. I am still on the journey, taking in each part as I move along while helping other female leaders and upcoming leaders with their journey too.  My faith shows me that I am where I need to be for a particular reason and purpose. While I may not know the outcome, my job is to do the things that I know to do, look for where I am needed, learn and grow from the situation so that I can be better prepared for the next opportunity.  Gr8 Women Leaders entered my life at just the right time.  I am no longer sitting in the shadows, people will hear my voice and I will celebrate my successes as I continue this journey of leading a Gr8 Life!

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