Building Leadership that Works

Are you comfortable?

Are you too comfortable?

These questions may seem very simple and make you question if anyone can be too comfortable.  We sometimes think of comfort and lack of challenge as a state of bliss. As you go through life and the daily challenges, you may dream about a time that you can be without worry or obstacles.  I challenge that being too comfortable and lacking challenge could lead to a state of stagnation and limited growth in your life. I have had days of comfort and I have had many days of challenge, but as I reflect, the days of challenge were the most important days in my growth (life and career). Comfort feels good in the short term, but to grow you must have challenge and discomfort

As Bill Eckstrom presented in his TEDX talk in 2017, growth only happens in a state of discomfort. When you allow yourself to move to discomfort and complexity, you are on the path to learning and growth.  There are many examples of great gain and change in history and I would say that all significant change was the result of someone challenging themselves and accepting a state of discomfort.  You can either be comfortable and stagnate or stretch yourself — become uncomfortable — and grow.  You must become comfortable being uncomfortable and this takes practice and believing in yourself and your desired outcome. There are different levels of discomfort and growth that are displayed on the Growth Ring.  We will review the different levels over the coming days.

This is Part 1 of 3.  Please check back for parts 2 and 3.

“You’ve got to find what you love.  Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

“If your actions create a LEGACY that INSPIRES others to DREAM more, LEARN more, DO more and BECOME more, then you are an EXCELLENT LEADER”

Dolly Parton

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this.  For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that setbacks and grieves we endure help us in our marching onward.”

Henry Ford

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to be EXTRAORDINARY.”

Elon Musk

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your might acts.”

Psalm 145:4

“When you plant a Chinese bamboo tree, you will water the ground for 4 years but nothing will happen until the 5th year when the plant will grow 90 feet in 5 weeks… PATIENCE PAYS OFF”