Tag: Comfortable

Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Change does not occur quickly or easily. Once we are in our comfort zone, getting out to think or try something different is not usually on the agenda.

Neale Donald Walsch says, ”Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending.”

The success of leadership depends on the ability to recognize the limits of our comfort zone and how life begins at that point.

I am not talking unscriptural, but when ideas and plans are introduced that make us uncomfortable, maybe life is just beginning.

Leading Like Jesus

Jesus was not one to focus His time on the rich, popular, political or religious leaders of the people.

Jesus spent time with the outcast, unwanted, and unlikely of society.

He did not participate in or condone their activities. He worked to influence them and show a better way. He gave them hope.

We must consider who we focus our time on, if we seek to be like Him. This does not mean we shun or avoid the wealthy. We may not always be comfortable with the outcast, unwanted, or unlikely, but history and experience indicate they are the most receptive.

Contented Leaders…

Contentment has both a positive and negative perspective when placed alongside concepts that frame our leadership. For example, “Always be content with where you are, but never who you are.”

The idea is to accept and be content with what we have and where we are in life, but we should always hunger to grow and improve in our personal development.

There is a place for contentment, but we must not allow contentment to follow a path of complacency and a “comfortable with the status quo” way of thinking.

The contrast between content and discontent makes the difference in how we approach the future of leadership.

Leading on the Fringe…

Consider the excuses made to avoid involvement with people identified as on the fringe.

The list is not exhaustive, but it includes the following.

1) They are not interested.
2) We are not prepared to handle their baggage.
3) They might steal something.
4) They are just cons.
5) The government helps them.

Notice the emphasis on the pronouns. We construct barriers between us and them, one separated by excuses to justify inactivity.

Yes, there are abuses, which we allow to paint the picture of the whole. Why do we fall into this trap?

The answer is not easy, nor comfortable, but we need to answer it to make change.