Push Past Your Comfort Zone & Find REAL Career Satisfaction
“All the concepts about stepping out of your comfort zone mean nothing until you decide that your essential purpose, vision and goals are more important than your self-imposed limitations.” – Robert White
Staying in your comfort zone can mean never trying new things, never setting big goals, never exploring new skills or forming new relationships. In today’s world that just doesn’t work.
In order to stay competitive in your career, you have to remain marketable in the industry, which means continuing to grow and expand your knowledge base and skill set.
Your professional growth depends on your determination and perseverance. Here are four reasons why you need to push past your comfort zone to find real career satisfaction.
1. Comfort turns into complacency & stagnation
When we get too comfortable, too complacent, we get stagnant. We stop learning, we don’t grow and we become uninspired.
Nothing new, exciting or inspiring happens in your comfort zone.
Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says, “It’s not incompetence, but competence, that causes companies to be disrupted. That applies to big companies and small, as well as people too.”
Inside of your comfort zone, you are competent and it can feel good to be competent, to be comfortable. But, if you never feel incompetent, if you never have to ask for help, you aren’t learning.
How can you grow in your career and expand your knowledge base, if you aren’t learning?
2. Change increases productivity
When you are doing the routine, everyday work that you know how to do so well, you are on autopilot. The routine you have works, but is it challenging? Is it the most productive way to complete the task?
Change often creates a brief stage of incompetence, which creates a feeling of fear for many people.
Inside of that stage of incompetence you are learning new, faster and more productive ways to complete everyday tasks.
As you increase your productivity, you will have more time to learn new concepts, to increase your current skill set.
3. Taking risks leads to growth
People aren’t perfect – don’t expect it. When you take a risk, there is always a chance of failure, but more importantly, there is a chance of growth.
The more you can embrace and learn from your failures, the faster you can grow.
Maggie Warrel writes in Forbes, “In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.”
Growth is its own reward.
4. Confidence elevates feelings of accomplishment & success
Stepping outside of your comfort zone causes some anxiety. However, when your creative idea is successful, or when your new skill provides value to a client program the fear you had of potential failure turns into a sense of accomplishment.
That feeling of success increases your confidence and makes it easier and more likely that you’ll continue to come up with new concepts and most importantly, you’ll continue to step out of your comfort zone.
Confidence begets confidence.
So now what?
It is important to step outside of our comfort zone, embrace change and take risks that will lead to personal and professional growth.
BioBridges believes that a successful career is defined by the ability to achieve satisfaction and growth through a focus on the work that inspires.
We’re committed to surrounding our professionals with a knowledgeable and supportive community that provides the opportunity for one to step outside their comfort zone while expanding functional and therapeutic knowledge and skills.
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What about you?
Are you trying new things to be where you want to be in your career, or are you letting your comfort zone limit you?
What if you had the opportunity to explore your career from outside of your comfort zone, but from within a knowledgeable and supportive community?