Every ounce of growth I’ve made in my career, in my life, in my friendships, was a direct result of me stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something I wasn’t completely thrilled to do.
It’s hard for me to understand how people expect to grow without ever leaving the four walls they’ve built around them. Never forced to leave their office, their town, their state. Never meeting new people, especially those who may disagree with them. Never doing anything that truly makes them uncomfortable.
How do you ever expect to win the jackpot without ever putting money on the table?
The older I get, the easier it is to become comfortable, complacent. A mediocre job with a steady paycheck is often enough for most people to drop anchor and just float near the shore.
I just can’t be satisfied with this type of thinking. I always want to be better, faster, stronger, smarter.
Lately, I’ve been really focused on putting myself out there and, I’m not going to lie, sometimes it sucks. Even as I’m writing this, my stomach is uneasy at the thought of people reading this; judging me, critiquing me, laughing at me.
I experience the same feeling when I’m about to speak to a room full of strangers or when I’m about to be recorded on our podcast. But that feeling often quickly goes away and I’m left with a long-lasting sense of satisfaction.
And the next time, it gets a little easier. And the time after that? Even easier.