I recently wrote an article discussing the risk and consequences of complacency when we allow our organization to become too comfortable. This article goes further to look at the relationship between a comfort zone and personal or organizational growth. Without some discomfort there’s no energy or creativity to resolve the discomfort and consequently, no change from the current condition.
“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. Only in giving up the security of the known can we create new opportunity, build capability, and grow influence. In short, we must be willing to get comfortable with the discomfort involved with taking risks.
It’s only by being willing to make mistakes and try something new that you can ever accomplish more than what’s been done before. Too often we let our mistakes and setbacks define us. Yet, as Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology once said, “It’s not our failures that determine our future success, but how we explain them to ourselves.” ” Source: Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success – Forbes
It’s a leader’s job to create the right amount and type of discomfort to advance individual development and organizational growth. If you’d like to learn how to create positive and engaging tension in your organization, call or write me. I’d love to talk. You can reach me off my profile page or through the “Contact Us” tab.