June graduations are in full swing. Every day I read inspirational content online from commencement speeches prompting individuals to pursue their dreams and strive for higher levels of success. Speakers universally recommend we need to step outside our comfort zone.
For years when I have advocated about stepping outside one’s comfort zone, I reference modern American dancer, choreographer Twyla Tharp:
“The better you know yourself, the more you will know when you are playing to your strengths and when you are sticking your neck out. Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous, yet you do it anyway because our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.”
Two key ingredients I read this year from the commencement speeches that aid in the process of stepping outside one’s comfort zone are as follows:
· Stay Curious – Old Chinese proverb: “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Business translation: Never settle for the status quo; always seek a different path or solution. Experiment! Ask those tough questions. Why or why not?
· Join in the Dance of Uncertainty – Business chaos is the norm. Don’t wait for our turbulent economy to stabilize. Uncertainty means we have to create our own future. Adapt or you will fall behind!
Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is not for the cowardly!