A common inquiry I receive is how to move towards doing things (at work) that truly get your juices flowing and adrenaline rushing (like, say when you first started a new school, or job, etc.) I find that the secret to staying inspired and on top of my game, is by always moving into new and unique opportunities that appeal to *me* and that are flanked with a side of *healthy discomfort*. Once I recognize both of these elements, I know this is an opportunity for me to evolve but to do so I am going to have to endure some growing pain(s).
It is human nature for all of us to get entrenched in executing competencies in which we feel safe and comfortable and very, very familiar. Of course, there are obvious reasons for this practice: it’s what we become known for and people around us simply expect the same ‘output’ from us day in and day out.
So, what happens when you find yourself yearning for a fresh experience or role in the ‘ol daily grind:
- Perhaps you are curious to put on a sales hat for your company or your own business and experiment with a totally radical way of attracting your customers
- Or maybe you watch others roll out a show stopping presentation and you think to yourself—‘Hey, I’d love to be a dynamo public speaker like them’
- Or maybe instead of managing the client side of your business, you want to jump over to the creative, production department
Here are some simple ways to begin to move into the discomfort of possibly being seen as not totally perfect as your try on new skills:
1) Identify a few people in your network who seem to be masters of this new skill/experience you are looking to try on yourself.
2) Propose lunch or a drink after work with these folks so that you can find out more information and tips on how you can move into this new realm yourself.
3) Compile a simple list of steps you need to take to move you towards your new end goal
4) Figure out ways that you can begin to practice this new skill(s).
5) Ask for feedback and be prepared for the fact that it is going to take time to feel comfortable and proficient again in this new practice.
*If you take nothing else away from this blog, remember this:
Healthy fear will always be a by-product of moving into the unknown. It will never go away. The key is to move into the fear with the knowledge that it will lead you to the sweet reward of inspired and gratifying work. Being on top of your game is not easy work, and it is a path taken by few. So, what’s next on YOUR radar champ?