This blog was written by David Nicholas, CRCE-I. David currently is the President of the Virginia State Chapter of AAHAM and serves as a committee member of the Executive Certification Committee.
Hello to all my AAHAM friends and family. Today I wanted to ask you all a question. Are you in your comfort zone right now? If you answered yes, then I’d like to invite you to step out of it and enjoy how that discomfort feels. I know it sounds crazy, but this is what being on an AAHAM Certification Committee can sometimes be like for me. I am currently on the CRCE Committee and previously was on the CRCP Committee. Both committees stretched me outside my comfort zone on multiple occasions. Today, I’m focusing more on my role on the CRCE Committee and how the different tasks I participate on that committee that cause me to step outside my comfort zone, like reviewing exam sections and doing rewrites, reviewing and updating the study manual and updating webinar material, I worry that I may miss something or put something in incorrectly. It may seem silly since I hold the CRCE-I certification, but as mentioned by a friend and colleague of mine in an earlier Blog on keeping abreast of things, I am challenged and humbled to stay on top of all the latest in our profession. So, when I’m in my comfort zone working with the information I’m most knowledgeable in, and then must step out of it and force myself to act as a subject expert, then I get uncomfortable. However, what I have realized time and time again over the years on the CRCP and then the CRCE committees is that, once I’ve done something, like one of those rewrites I mention above, I’m usually proud of my results and I then find myself in a new comfort zone that’s just a little bit more elevated from the one I sat in before.
So, I would like to encourage each of you who are reading this blog post is to get out of your comfort zone with certification. Do something you wouldn’t normally do, like teach a CRCS class, proctor an exam, mentor a friend who wants to take one of the exams, or possibly even take the next level of AAHAM exam yourself. There are many ways we can all step outside our comfort zone and AAHAM certification is one of the best ways for you to do it. All the best to each of you in 2017!