Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable

A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Your heart rate beating a little quicker than usual. Imposter syndrome.

I’ve experienced all of these things at different points over the last eight months since starting my new job. While I knew to expect this given the scale of the role, it hasn’t made it any less debilitating at times.

And you know what? That’s ok.

I’m reassured in knowing that these temporary feelings of discomfort are what is facilitating my growth. They don’t call it a comfort zone for no reason.

It got me thinking about a conversation I had with one of my team recently. We reflected on how the five of us within the new digital comms team had the pleasure of starting on the same day. It was a unique challenge as everyone, including myself, was trying to find their way and gauge how they fit.

Over the first few weeks, it was important to me to acknowledge being vulnerable and not shy away from hiding it. I readily admitted that I didn’t have all the answers and that we would work it out together (and for some things we still are!).

Like a lot people, being open to talking about vulnerability and feelings of discomfort hasn’t always been easy for me. I used to view vulnerability as a sign of weakness until a couple of years ago I watched Brené Brown’s TED Talk: The power of vulnerability.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s 20 minutes well spent.

In our conversation, I originally concluded that the passing of time has made a difference in diluting the intensity of uncomfortableness.

I think to some extent this is true, but even more so I believe through connecting on a human level, being open about our struggles and supporting one another through them, has grounded us in trust and meant we’ve collectively achieved so much in a short space of time.

I’m incredibly proud of each one of them. Thank you Abbie, Becka, Joe and Michael #DigiProud.

On a final note, just remember:

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