Embrace The Uncomfortable

A by-product of pushing yourself is discomfort. That's true in athletics, academics, or in business. When you're pushing your limits, you're leaving what you know. What's familiar. What works.

Being uncomfortable totally sucks.

It means never knowing if what you're doing is the right thing, or feeling like you have no idea what you're doing. It means battling imposter syndrome every single day. It means risking your reputation, your self-image, your identity, over something you're not sure will even work.

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But you have to keep going, inching further and further forward into the unknown. Because that's what makes you a better person.

And when you're tired of that, when you say to yourself, "I just want to know what the heck I'm doing!" Somewhere inside has to respond, "I'm making myself into something greater."

So maybe, in the course of doing this, you fail. Which, no way around it, also sucks. 

As Russel Patton talked about at #LitmusLive, you have to push yourself to grow. If you want to take the next step in your career, if you want to kick ass at your job, if you want to be the best you can be, you can't just put your head down and do as you're told. You have to keep pushing what's possible and what's in your job description.

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.
— Seth Godin

Take a look at your career goals. You'll need to push yourself and what you think you can do to get there. Start with baby steps. How will you stretch tomorrow? What new thing will you take on? What will you experiment with?