Seize The Uncomfortable Opportunity

Someone asked me the other day how would they know if an opportunity is a good one or not. Well, if I could forecast every positive opportunity and avoid every not so good – let us just say I would have a lot less to write about!

Without much hesitation, I told them if you feel a little uncomfortable, then it is probably an opportunity you want to pursue. I do not mean uncomfortable in a bad way, you know like when your gut it telling you run, the warning bells are going off in your head and the hair on your arm is standing on end. Not that kind of uncomfortable.

I mean in the ‘a little outside of your normal routine or box’ kind of way. These opportunities challenge you the most. Growth can hurt whether it be physical, mental professional or emotional. Okay, so I cannot speak a lot from personal experience on the growth one, but I know my son had some hard growing pains when getting to over six feet tall.

Maybe it is a job that seems a bit out of your range and you are afraid you will not be able to be successful or it could be a chance to learn something new and you are apprehensive of not being able to fully grasp the entire process. Whatever it is you are a little uncomfortable and probably your first reaction will be to turn it down.

Don’t. These opportunities give us the chance to learn or grow. Maybe it will be a bust and complete waste of your time – but you will still learn a valuable lesson. Perhaps you will do better than you expect because you were brave to take that chance.

It is brave to say yes to an opportunity that makes you uncomfortable, it is cowardly to say no due to fear. As Mark Twain said: “Do the thing you fear most and death of fear is certain.”

What is one thing that is making you a little uncomfortable today or something you are avoiding? I say let’s be brave and take a little step toward that fear and show it, just by taking that small step, who is boss.

As soon as you make the decision to give it a try you have already empowered yourself against your fear. When you start working through the opportunity and get a little afraid, just remember how you took that first step and after you stick one foot out there, the other will follow. Before you know it, you will be able to look back and see the entire path you created and be damn proud of yourself, as you should be.

Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW
Transition Strategist & Coach
Certified Professional Resume Writer
Career Polish, Inc.

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