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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Improvement | Scoop.it
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. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

Via Anne Leong, Graeme Reid
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Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:03 AM

Be the leader who's willing to step outside your comfort zone and lead your team to step outside of their's. 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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One Young World Summit 2013 Live

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The One Young World Summit 2013 2-5 October
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New view of Leadership... "Where young leaders start leading".

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Dialogue, Decision-Making, and Mattering

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The choice isn't autonomy or dependence: there's also interdependence
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When making decisions, can we be sure they only affect ourselves? Consider the possibility that, it is through lack of dialogue, we develop a sense of individual autonomy... We forget the importance of interdependent dialogue in revealing both the impact of our decisions and the awareness that we matter.

 

Would love to see thoughts on this one! 

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The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill

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Never underestimate the value of a great receiver.
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Should leaders be skilled at conveying messages clearly and powerfully? Or is it actually their ability to receive messages that distinguish the best from the rest?

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The Critical Importance of Critical Experiences in Career Development

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Growth and development usually come at a cost. They are important for us both personally and professionally, but that does not mean they are always pleasant. Typically for us to truly build …
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Elaboration on being outside of your "Comfort Zone" as a critical experience in career development...

 

Given the "3 ways to know you're in a critical experience", are there any experiences you now look back on as "critical"? In hindsight, how did these experiences shape and develop you and your career?

 

Please share, I'm sure we will find many similarities! 

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