The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
– M. Scott Peck
Earlier this summer, after many changes in my personal life, I made a huge change in my professional life. I got out of my comfort zone. I left my full-time job that provided income and benefits to my family, not to mention it was close to home (15-minute commute). Plus, it was just a known entity. I knew how to do my job, I knew the expectations and I knew the people. But it was making me miserable. And it was the last thing in my life currently that was making me miserable.
Talk about being out of my comfort zone. There has never been a time in my life, or in my relationship with my husband, we have not had a steady and guaranteed paycheck coming in on a regular basis. Scary. Very scary.
Change is good, even if it is scary. I looked at the positive, and as a mentor of mine recently said, “I am on the cusp of everything and anything.” And with that I am growing my coaching business, my writing career, and my agency marketing firm. Plus, I will start teaching a business communications class at Aurora University this fall. Teaching has always been something I have wanted to do since I earned my master’s degree, and here I am, 20 years later, doing it! None of this would be possible if I did not get out of my comfort zone.
So, get out of your comfort zone and see the success you can experience. Until you are willing to be uncomfortable, you will be stuck. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as my work departure, start small, but do something!