We have all had them. Projects, missions, or accountabilities where we are asked, or choose, to do what others won’t touch. You know, the proverbial ‘hot potato’.
Sometimes we don’t truly know what has landed in our lap, but once we start to dig in, it becomes obvious. I have one of these going on right now. It has been a really tough week, and honestly, one of the most fulfilling.
It seems odd, but I left a role at work that was relatively easy for me. It was a role that completely aligned with my skillset, and after a year, I was completely bored. I wasn’t challenged, and I wasn’t growing. So, I made a shift, and the last two years have been hard, and there were times I questioned my choice, but as I reflect back I realize that the learning has been worth it. And I haven’t only learned job related skills, I have learned how to better articulate issues, I have learned how to more effectively pull from past experiences to solve current problems, and I have gained far more confidence.
It seems odd that taking on challenges where we are far more shaky would lead to more confidence, but it does. Taking on something new and different is scary, but when we take that leap, somewhere inside us, we believe we can succeed. We know we have what it takes. That alone is a huge step in furthering our sense of self.
It may be messy, and it may be hard, but as we start to succeed, we grow. We push our self imposed limits, and ultimately add to our personal ‘toolkit’ of skills. And that is good.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot have both.” ~Brene Brown