I am a trainer and talent development specialist and experienced career consultant. I currently work at the University of Manchester Middle East Centre, where I support mid-level to senior-level professionals in various industries, to help them achieve their professional and personal goals.
When was the last time you faced a difficult situation that made you uncomfortable? Did you want to move away from it, try something else to resolve it, or avoid it altogether? Did you think “This is hard,” “I can’t do this”, or “I don’t know what I am doing?” If you have, you are not alone. Most people will experience such feelings. The key is to push through and start replacing these statements with “I can do this,” “This is a new experience and I am curious to know more” or “I will learn what I need to get the job done.”
If you are mostly comfortable, it is likely you are not growing professionally or personally. Growth is often uncomfortable, scary, and hard. Just think of it as a muscle, the muscle will not grow when you go to the gym once or twice. It will feel painful at first and you will often want to give up. However, if you stick with the exercise long enough, you will grow the muscle and overcome the hard part. Same goes in life and in business. At first, many new things will feel uncomfortable and hard, but if it is not challenging, then it does not help you grow.
Here are some tips to get you comfortable with being uncomfortable.
If it does not challenge you, it does not change you.