Comfort Zones

Yes they get a bad rap... and often they should.

We do need them for places of rest, recover, relaxation, and recharging (a general powering down). They are wonderful and necessary places to visit. You just don't want to live there and certainly, you don't want to work there.

Rest - yes.
Live & work - certainly not.
Leadership - God forbid!

Life is meant to be an adventure, a journey, an invitation to learning and growth, full of opportunity, challenge, quest and even some risk. I am not speaking as an adrenaline junkie. Far from it. Trust me. While I like change and while I love growth... I can also have a cautious streak in me.

While I think I am, in some ways, a creative path-finder and way-maker, I am also a strategist who likes to think things through before committing to something.

While I have an entrepreneur streak in me, I am mildly (okay moderately) failure avoidant.

while I like to explore the cutting and leading edge of social realities, I definitely do not like falling off that edge.

Take Intelligent Risks

there can be no great accomplishment without risk, Neil Armstrong, quote on riskSo, tell me, did you take any RISKS this past week? 
Inspire me with a story of a risk you took.
What did you do?
Why did you do it?
How confident were you when you did it?
How much risk was there?
Where did you find the courage and faith to take this risk?
What were you hoping to achieve through this risk-taking?

I posed these questions to a small group of leaders. Silence.....  Long, pregnant, uncomfortable, silence... Then a great discussion. About risk, vision, challenges, security and insecurity, fears, courage . . .

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