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Time to get uncomfortable?

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We all know what it is like being in our comfort zone, it is a warm safe place where risk is contained. But it is also a place where we can’t reach our full potential, to do this you have to start by feeling a little uncomfortable.

In business the comfort zone is never a good place to be, as you risk being becoming overlooked or irrelevant in a fast paced ever changing world, take social media for example. Businesses that have embraced the new ways of communicating rather than shied away from it, or worse banned its use altogether, are now seeing the difference it can make to their bottom line.

The same can be said for individuals, as there is always some new kid on the block who is willing to take risks and take on new challenges to get ahead.

However by stepping out of our comfort zone we create opportunities for learning and growth and as uncomfortable and unfamiliar as it is, this is a place where we can push our thinking, boundaries and expectations.

As a business coach, I have been asked many times how managers and executives can develop resilience, an essential skill for operating at a certain senior level. My response to this, is learn to push out of your comfort zone and get used to a level of discomfort, ambiguity and unfamiliarity.

By operating out of our comfort zone we often learn the most and we expand and develop an even larger comfort zone, which in turn develops our resilience to deal with what work and life throws at us.

And don’t be afraid to get things wrong. According to a Stanford psychologist, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble. –

So try a little discomfort for a change, embrace the challenge and see the opportunity it brings, you never know where it may lead. 

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