It was a regular day and I was going about my work like I normally do. I have a specific routine I do daily and I was checking off the “to-do list” as usual. There was nothing really odd that stood out…
Honestly, it was relatively uneventful, but I mean, who doesn’t like a day when EVERYTHING is going your way?!?
But then…it got uncomfortable.
It was not in a negative way, but I knew immediately I was going to experience something new; and with “new” comes the “unknown”. With the unknown comes the “uncomfortable”. The truth is, I was uncomfortable, but in an excited way.
I was asked to give a presentation on a new project we were taking on and to share my knowledge/expertise. It wasn’t so much the presentation that made me feel uncomfortable (I have done many in the past) more than it was the audience and location. Without getting into too much detail, I was entering into uncharted territory and it was oddly invigorating.
To make a long story short, everything went well and I executed the presentation exactly how I wanted to. It was a unique situation that I jumped on and it was well worth it. Although it took me out of my comfort zone, it challenged me. It allowed me to GROW on multiple levels as a professional, as well as on a personal level.
What would have happened if I did not take on the challenge? Instead of growing, I would have denied myself of a wonderful experience that has paid off MULTIPLE times over!
Other things like my podcast (Rotated Views), the book (The Motivation Files), and the spoken-word album (The Motivation Files) were ALL projects I took on that drove me out of my comfort zone. The knowledge I attained, people I met and dreams I fulfilled were ALL worth getting “uncomfortable” for. These dreams were worth fighting for and being challenged was simply a part of the process of manifesting them.
There are many things that we must do in life that will require us to CHALLENGE ourselves and get out of our comfort zones. The beautiful thing about it is that you KNOW it will create a mind-shift to some degree.
“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.” – Edward Whitacre Jr.
Whether or not you attained the desired outcome, the important takeaway is the lessons learned during the process. I think getting uncomfortable in life is a sure sign growth is around the corner.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracey
We have to learn to laugh at ourselves during these “awkward” moments. Life is too short to CONSTANTLY be serious. Plus, you NEVER know what the outcome will be and “guessing” will not move you closer to becoming the BEST version of yourself.
Next time you are challenged and feel uncomfortable about the unknown, try to remember this… “The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” – Karen Salmansohn