Bridging The Gap: Discomfort Masks Value. Lean into it and Learn new things
Being uncomfortable deceptively feels wrong and offline. Deciding to lean into it will shift and enlist your creativity, your determination, and excite the discovery of hidden strengths and qualities that were dormant.
Unfortunately, uncertainty and unfamiliar skews/masks your mental clarity and alerts your mind to caution on the side of comfort versus discomfort when it relates to growth and development.
This cadence to keep things in line is good and necessary. It makes your approach predictable and transparent so your team can follow you without guessing your next steps.
The idea of jumping into something that will challenge this position seems unfair and incorrect. However, For me, I began to recognize that staying safe and comfortable did not excite growth and discovery for my life.
The mask came off.
The mask is a mental blinder that shields our thinking from realizing the value inside of being uncomfortable. It makes us run versus lean into it and learn.
I became aware of the mask when an uncomfortable situation occurred at work. I met with the dayshift supervisor to hand off the workload for my 2nd shift. She told me that we had to produce the Body Pillows (difficult pillow to run) on line 1.
Running these pillows on my shift became the standard for us to produce. They were awkward to handle, tough to sew, and created clutter on the line. They sucked to be blunt! My team struggled with them, and my attitude was unhealthy when they came up on the schedule. As a result, we could not see the value in effectively producing this bedroom textile.
And then one day, my thinking shifted. I realized that even though they were difficult pillows to produce, we were chosen to produce them. Therefore, I began to lean into my discomfort and suddenly, the mask fell off my mind and I saw them as an opportunity versus a challenge and or pain.
Long story made short. We became productive in producing Body Pillows. So productive, it raised the attention of the first shift management team. They were in disbelief because our numbers jumped from mediocre to solid.
This is one of many scenarios where I leaned into discomfort and learned new things. Each one empowered me to change my approach to the way of leading and following direction.
1. being uncomfortable is inevitable. Do not fear it
2. lean into the discomfort and learn
3. crave the uncomfortable. Growth is waiting for you
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