Have you ever discovered that you’re no longer comfortable in your “comfort zone”?
It happens more often than you might guess.
And it can happen to teams, as well as individuals.
What worked before doesn’t work anymore, and ultimately, it can be a blessing.
The “uncomfortable in your ‘comfort zone’’’ realization can happen slowly, subtly…or suddenly.
As once-comfort becomes discomfort, the desire to change grows, too.
Then, when the disparity between what you have and what you want becomes high enough, you’ll move and change and grow.
The process is not always easy, however (change rarely is).
When you stretch and grow by choice, though – rather than being forced into it by circumstances - you’re likely to feel greater control about the process, pace, timing, outcome, and many other aspects of the experience.
Here’s some of what you’re likely to feel when you disrupt the status quo:
You’re likely to feel more fully alive, for starters.
That’s because you have to be more attentive, more engaged, faster to notice and act on signals from your environment when you’re in new situations where you’re not quite sure of yourself.
You’re in potentially very different surroundings, receiving feedback that you don’t quite know what to make of yet.
You don’t always react in these circumstances in ways you understand or expect.
It can be exhausting to take all the change in, without the comfort of familiar structures, decision processes, and other means to sort, sift, prioritize, learn and do, all at the same time.
Sometimes at about this point, your old comfort zone looks tempting.
Resist to urge to retreat, however. There are better times ahead.
It’s sometimes frightening not to be able to go back to what you used to do, almost on automatic pilot, perhaps.
Depending on how much you’re stretching the boundaries of your comfort zone, the degree, or speed of change can even feel dangerous.
You feel raw, exposed, vulnerable, off-balance.
It’s part of the growing process.
And you will get through it, yes.
Ultimately, the increased energy that comes with new range, new possibilities and achievement is much of what keeps you going through the uncertainty of change and transition.
Keep moving ahead.
It’s well-worth the risk and effort to grow beyond the once-comfortable zone that now no longer satisfies or fits.
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