“The edge of uncomfortable is where you find greatness.” – Unknown
Uncomfortable can look like a lot of things:
- Being pushed to do something you didn’t think possible.
- A lack of resources.
- A sideways teammate.
- Being out of our comfort zone.
- Breaking “the norm.”
- Taking chances.
- A boss/employee/teammate who pushes your buttons.
- Challenging tasks.
- Information, or the lack thereof.
- Voices in your head.
Truthfully, anything we add to this list that makes us uncomfortable is actually a chance to confront something great. The edge of greatness – the place where we feel we could lose as much as we could win – is where greatness lives. It doesn’t live in safe places, it lurks where risk runs wild. Greatness is rare because it costs more than the average are willing to pay to achieve it.
So the next time we confront uncomfortable, acknowledge it for what it is – not an invitation to quit, but an opportunity to be great.