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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: What It Can Do For You


I recently encountered a young woman who relocated, out-of-state, for a new job. The combination of relocating and starting a new job caused a lot of stress and made her very apprehensive of this life transition. A suitable work climate made up for a lateral financial move.

After a few months in the new position she had a desire for a role with greater responsibility and around this time, a seemingly attractive management position opened within her company. With previous management experience under her belt she believed she was well equipped for this new position, but time was not on her side, as her tenure with the organization was brief.

If You Don’t Ask, You’ll Never Know.

After some hesitation she sent a note to her supervisor asking if she could apply for the position. To her surprise, the supervisor welcomed this idea and she moved forward with the application process.

Taking initiative, even when faced with obstacles, to inquire about a new position fitting your skill set could work in your favor. Taking a risk like this can show your manager that you are abreast to what is happening within the company and you’re committed to the organization for the long haul. It is a true testament to your character and work ethic.

Fearing Failure

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be intimidating but it can also be considered a fresh start with new opportunities you would normally never encounter. In order to do so, you must be confident in your skills, abilities, and leadership qualities. Unlike this girl, many people refrain from stepping out of their comfort zone because of their fear of failure. Margie Warrell, Forbes Contributor writes, “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."

While it is important to be strategic about doing so, you’re the only one that knows what’s best for you. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know, so taking a small-calculated risk may be what you need in your career for personal growth, opening new doors, and challenging yourself to be the best that you can be.


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