Have you ever felt like you are struggling to do something you know you are capable of doing, but no matter how hard you try, you just can't do it? I've felt that way a lot recently in my quest to educate employers and employees about the upcoming transformation of the workplace that will result from actions taken by Congress and the President. I know this information is invaluable, yet the majority of people who will be affected by it have no idea what is about to hit them. The analogy that comes to mind is the warning of the impending "big one" (i.e., massive earthquake) that seismologists regularly broadcast to southern California residents. Well, the employment equivalent of "the big one" is about to occur, and I have felt stymied in my efforts to sound the warning.

For a while I described my high level of frustration to colleagues as being trapped in a large, soundproof box. I could see people who desperately need to hear my message out there, but they could not see or hear me. Even by jumping up and down, waving my arms frantically, and yelling as loudly as I could, I couldn't get their attention. The effort exhausted me. Then one day I had an epiphany: instead of struggling against barriers I never would be able to overcome (represented by the sound-proof box), I realized that the box had a door. All I had to do was open the door and walk out. Once outside, my voice would be heard. It was as simple as that.

What soundproof box is keeping you from voicing your message or sharing your talents? Now that you know the door is there and that you have the power to open it, how will you change the world by stepping up to your unique place in it?

Pat Lynch, Ph.D., is President of Business Alignment Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm that helps clients optimize business results by aligning people, programs, and processes with organizational goals. You may contact Pat or call (562) 985-0333.