I threw the November Collective Genius post out there at the last minute as I was getting ready to leave on three weeks vacation. The topic was "thriving in the discomfort zone." It was honestly a last minute after-thought, as I had been so focused on getting ready for my trip. As a result, I didn't put anything into spreading the word about it, and there were only two posts (thanks Rebecca and John!).
I think the topic is so important, and such a big part of achieving anything worth achieving in our lives, and so vital to staying fresh and vibrant, that I have decided to make it December's topic as well.
I've talked before about the necessity of venturing out beyond our comfort zones in our careers. Comfort for a short time is a good place to recuperate and rest. Comfort for too long leads to stagnation. Growth only comes from exploring the perimeter and dipping your toes (or hurling yourself headlong) beyond the boundaries.
Here are some questions to prime the pump. As always, you don't need to stick to answering these questions if you have something else to add to the mix.
- How do you thrive in the discomfort zone?
- How do you take those growth-inducing steps and still stay centered?
- How do you overcome the anxiety and fear that so often comes when we push ourselves beyond our known world?
- What tips and tricks do you have?
- What has worked for you in the past?
- What have you learned the hard way?
- What advice would you give to someone who finds themselves reluctant to dip into the discomfort zone?
- Looking back, how has stepping into the discomfort zone opened doors and facilitated growth for you? How has avoiding it gotten in your way?
- What have you learned from stepping into the discomfort zone?
- How do you deal with the fact that the discomfort zone often brings imperfection and even occasional failure?
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