Comfortable with being uncomfortable

David Graham May 29, 2016

Business Building, Inspiration From Nature, Leadership Insights


After 16 years of living in the same area, we are making the move to a different neighbourhood. It has been an emotional journey that has reminded me that change is not always comfortable.

As a coach, I encourage my clients to step out of their comfort zone and embrace change, but perhaps rather than pushing out of what’s comfortable, we should gently ease into the discomfort, and slowly accept the change.

Not too long ago I was facilitating a workshop and one of the participants who was struggling to have a difficult conversation with a co-worker, leapt to her feet and exclaimed, “I am comfortable with feeling uncomfortable!” She had been putting off the meeting for quite some time and she finally accepted that it made her uncomfortable, and she was going to do it anyway.

Like a baby bird being nudged out of the nest,

A tender sprout finally poking through the hard soil,

An awkward fawn taking its first steps…

Take the leap! Make the commitment! Gently lean in and let the discomfort serve as a reminder that we are in a period of growth. Victory is on the other side.

David Graham

Dave coaches good leaders who want to be great leaders and he works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. For transformational experiences, he takes teams out of the boardroom and into nature.