Comfort is the Enemy
When was the last time you did something new, exciting, invigorating, and satisfying BUT felt completely comfortable the whole time?
I’m gonna take a wild guess and say never.
When I do something that I’ve never done before or haven’t done in a long time, it’s kind of scary and uncomfortable.
I believe that’s what makes it so great. Hear me out.
- Taking on a new project
- Talking in front of a large audience
- Managing someone for the first time.
- Starting a job in a new industry
- Going to an event where you know no one
- Negotiating your salary
- Leading a meeting as the instructor
If you don’t do these things regularly, you won’t be comfortable and confident, BUT that’s not a bad thing. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone or take on something relatively challenging, how can you grow?
In our ever-changing society this is more important than ever. You can’t rely on what you’ve learned if you want more out of this life or more out of your career. Odds are what you already know has been improved or there is a faster and easier way of getting it done.
Look at colleges. They can’t even keep up with the innovation. They have the challenge of preparing young minds for jobs that haven’t even been created yet.
At the end of the day, it’s not about the corporation or college or any other organization. It’s about the individual. Having the courage to ditch your comfort zone and grow into a more inclined professional, is the only way to give your dreams a real chance.
Being uncomfortable is always good. Doing things that might seems scary at first, will never make you worse off in the end.
But the facts done lie: You can’t get to where you want to go if you don’t try.
And guess what, if you fail, you can always hop back into your comfort zone.