If you want to be a high performer today you need to fearlessly, courageously and pro-actively embrace exponential growth. This is growth that just keeps on coming. It never stops to give you breathing space. It can overwhelm if you don’t know how to move with it. It is, however, the kind of growth that enhances your ability to manage the uncertainty, unpredictability and complexity of today’s world.
To embrace its empowering excitement and ride its challenging relentlessness, you need to move out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself where you will discover potential you never knew you had. More significantly, on the way, you will gain insights into the intrigues of how this new economy operates. This empowers you to work more effectively within it, provoking even further growth and ultimate success.
Incremental growth, on the other hand, is a long road today. You decide to make a change and you work on it until you’ve made it. When that change is achieved you make another building on the first. It may take months or years but all the time you remain in control of the process. That’s important to you because the stress of not being in control of the change threatens you too much. You still believe that slow and steady will get you there. While you are growing incrementally, however, you see colleagues bypassing you, seizing opportunities and promotions you believe you deserve. You don’t understand that while you are technically more qualified, you do not display the non-technical soft skills that will equip you to become a high performer in this volatile, uncertain and changing workplace.
While those of you who embrace exponential growth and change work with 1, 3 and 5 year plans that are flexible and very agile, those committed to incremental growth and change are following 3, 5 and 10 year plans that you are adhering to very closely.
Everyone has a comfort zone, but it is the seat of mediocrity. You will not become the best version of yourself by staying there. You need to move into another zone where you can discover your untapped potential.
So if you really want to grow, change and transform, get out of your comfort zone.
It’s about facing your fears. Often they are imagined, not real.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…….we must do that which we think we cannot.”
What’s amazing about stepping out of your comfort zone is that the first step may be terrifying. If you keep going, however, the next step is less so and within a few short steps, you are wanting to take giant leaps because of what you are experiencing and because you like what is happening for you and to you – even though it sometimes makes your heart race at an alarming speed and you feel you have snakes, not butterflies, in your stomach.