Why Comfort Never Leads to Breakthrough Ideas
“Yes” is one of the most common words in the English language. And yet, many of us struggle to even utter it in response just when it matters the most. It’s not for fear of the word itself, of course, it’s a fear of the consequences of saying that word may bring. And, that is why comfort never leads to breakthrough ideas. Discomfort, anxiety, and, most of all, fear, govern us to say “no” to opportunities far more than ever saying yes. It is this discomfort that causes us to miss breakthrough ideas.
We Create Breakthrough Ideas by Saying Yes
Saying yes to an opportunity that you don’t quite know how to achieve is not for the faint at heart, there are no two ways about it. It pushes you outside of your zone of comfort. It forces you to adapt and evolve or realize you mail fall flat on your face. We’re afraid because it’s also our neurological default. We’ve been hard-wired from the dawn of time to not take chances, to protect our “house”, and to avoid putting ourselves in situations out of our normal comfort zones.
If you want to advance your career, you’re going to have to get used to the discomfort associated with saying yes.
“When we don’t commit ourselves to potentially life-changing opportunities, we aren’t being authentic to ourselves”
In other words, don’t just say yes because it’s something your afraid to do or an enormous challenge, say yes to an opportunity because it creates breakthroughs if you manage to pull it off.
This is a summary of a longer article that was originally featured in Better Humans on Medium.
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