Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

I have always been a fairly predictable person. For the past 16 years, I had worked at the same job. I got up at the same time every day, followed an organized routine in the morning, and went to the same 4 yoga classes a week. I ate the same thing for breakfast every day with a cup of tea and treated myself to coffee every Sunday. I was happy and I was comfortable. But then an opportunity presented itself that forced me to choose between my comfortable routine and a chance to follow a dream. Was I ready to take a leap of faith and shake up my life a bit?

A few months ago I was offered a job managing not one, but two cancer centers. I would have the opportunity to mentor and lead new nurses, provide education to staff and patients, develop new programs, and be involved in patient care—all the things I loved about being an oncology nurse. At the same time, I would be giving up my comfortable routine and giving up telecommuting. There would be less time for yoga and less time for writing. It would entail developing some new skills and creating a new role. It was both scary and exhilarating.

The prospect of being able to step into a new role was exciting. The idea of leaving my comfortable routine, however, was super-scary.   I did a lot of self-talk, and I surrounded myself with friends and loved ones who believed in me. And then I realized something. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to get what you desire in life. It was time for me to get out of my comfort zone, follow my passion, and create a little chaos in my life.  I decided to go for it, and I am so much better for it.

Whether it’s starting a new job, taking a trip of a lifetime, writing a book, moving to a new location, devoting more time to a hobby, or trying something completely new, it takes a leap of faith. How do you take that step? How do you know when the time is right to follow your passion and take that leap of faith? Continue reading