Excellence Requires Discomfort
We know that growth comes from getting uncomfortable. Often the stories relating to discomfort come from the world of sport, endurance, or some sort of physical challenge. Let me give you a perspective of discomfort in the corporate world. The next time someone asks for a volunteer at a conference or meeting - be the volunteer. When the facilitator asks for a volunteer and everyone else looks sideways or looks to the floor to avoid eye contact, be the person who stands immediately and says I’ll do it. Stand up before your brain gives you all the bullshit excuses to not get up. I promise that the more you do it, the more you will feel comfortable being the person who steps away from the herd to lead. Leaders are comfortable with discomfort - they know that if they're not standing on the edge, they're taking up too much space. The more you embrace discomfort, the more you feel comfortable embracing it. It’s funny how these tiny acts of courage build over time until one day you are called upon to draw upon great courage, and you can because you did. © GB
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