Transition creates discomfort. It’s like wearing a pair of jeans that you haven’t tried on in a few years. The jeans may fit, but they don’t look as good as they used to, or your tastes have changed. Either way, the jeans don’t fit the same way anymore.
When you’re pushing through your comfort zone at work, things are going to feel uncomfortable.
- You’re following a new productivity schedule, but no one else in the office seems to understand (or respect) your method.
- You’re redefining your key metrics at work, but everyone seems to be putting up obstacles in front of you.
- You’re choosing to play in a bigger pond of fish—donors, board members, staff seniority—and your internal gremlins are feasting on all this new material. “Don’t call so-and-so. He/she will never take a call from the likes of you . . . “
It’s natural to feel discomfort when you’re changing patterns and behaviours.
When you’re uncomfortable, remind yourself of why you chose to make the changes. Find your place of power, your statement or your mantra for how you provide value to your community and your organization. Your place of power starts something like this.
- I believe . . .
- I know that . . .
- My passion fuels me because . . .