The Discomfort Zone

I feel out of control today. Overwhelmed might be more accurate. Too many things vying for my time, too many balls in the air; eventually one has to drop. To me, this begs the question: when is discomfort okay?

Part of the leadership journey is stepping outside of your comfort zone, finding the things that make you uncomfortable about your work life and facing those things. Of course, the comfort zone looks different to different people. For me, perhaps stepping out of my comfort zone involves overcoming fears of missing out or fears of failure; perhaps it manifests as being able to give up control of certain aspects of the work I have personally (and solely) done for years.

But in any situation, when is the discomfort felt when stepping out of your comfort zone actually beneficial? I’ll tell you when I figure it out for myself. In the meantime, let me share some strategies for getting through the discomfort no matter the level of professional benefit.

Posted: March 9, 2022

In 2022, I am participating in two leadership training programs. This should be a social experience, so I am writing about it. Check out the full list of posts in the series here.

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