You have to make yourself uncomfortable to become comfortable

When you own a business, you have no choice but to put yourself into situations that you find uncomfortable – personal growth is part of the territory.

Owning a business means you have to face a lot of things that might make you uncomfortable.

Depending on your personality and background that can include things like:

  • Networking events (not my personal favorite)
  • Presenting (my personal favorite)
  • Writing (blogs, proposals, reports)
  • Selling

If you work in a big company, you can avoid networking or selling or any number of uncomfortable things for years if you choose to – especially if your day to day job doesn’t rely on that particular ability.

Of course I can hear some folks say – “But Dan, I have to network with my peers at work…” or “Dan, I do have to convince (or sell) my boss that I have a good idea if I want it to get funded…”

These comments may be true.

But it’s unlikely that your company held back your paycheck at month end because you didn’t network with your peers – or that time you failed to develop a convincing presentation for your boss.

It can be too easy to stay comfortable.

Owning a business is different

No business owner starts out having it all together – you’re always a work in progress.

When you own a business – and particularly when you have a vision or purpose for what you do – you make frequent and conscious decisions to get uncomfortable.

Selling, networking, writing, public speaking…whatever it happens to be.

But the cool part is this.

Through repeated exposure, persistence – and yes, some failure – you get more comfortable.  And the personal growth is amazing.

People that know me well, know I’m shy in social situations.

But workshop participants – especially in large scale auditoriums or halls – tell me I’m fun to watch on stage.

Speaking for large audiences was a very specific ‘discomfort’ zone that I decided to work through.

And now, large scale presentations are one of my favorite things to do.

Come on in – make yourself uncomfortable

If you work at a big bank (or big telecom or big insurance company or in the civil service), you should ask yourself a simple question –

How often do I actively put myself into the zone of being uncomfortable?

If the answer is rarely or never, that’s most definitely not an indicator of a life well-lived or a meaningful career pinnacle reached.

It’s a sign that your personal growth has stagnated – and that you’ve allowed it to stagnate (it’s not your Employer’s fault – don’t even go there).

I found the video below interesting and I hope you do too.

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