Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence.
Just over a year ago, I considered a radical shift in plans. I had been working as an employee but I had stretched myself by working for a couple of private clients. I felt drawn to go all in and start my own business.
I asked a few friends for advice, and several people, including my husband, encouraged me to stick with the sure thing, the steady paycheck, the comfortable predictable route.
For about three months, I kept a foot on both shores, keeping my steady job while developing my own business.
I didn’t have a predetermined business model or plan for how to grow a profitable company. I didn’t know anything about P and L reports or run rate. I didn’t have a budget in mind or any money set aside for expenses.
I didn’t let that stop me, and I made the leap away from the comfortable and to the unknown.
Part of learning is stretching beyond our comfort zone, according to Steven Snyder in his book Leadership and the Art of Struggle.
It is only in stretching that we can grow; our greatest opportunities to grow and learn can often be found far outside our comfort zones.
I am still at the beginning of my own journey as a business owner, but I regularly stretch beyond my comfort zone, and I am seeing tremendous personal and professional growth as a result.
How can you stretch beyond your comfort zone to learn more and experience growth in your life? What keeps you from moving beyond your comfort zone?