Editorial. September 2017

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Author: Carlos Martinez, PMP

Dear Members and Newsletter Subscribers,

In this month's editorial I would like ot talk about professional development.

"You have to leave the comfort zone" to progress in work and to be closer to satisfying professional ambitions and most probably also personal.

Many of us have heard this before, a phrase that invites us to abandon a hypothetical comfort and routine in which we are submerged, and which prevents us from posing truly motivating goals with a true impact.

I have read, that psychologically, the comfort zone is a state of mind where the person remains passive before their life experiences, and finds relief in a smooth routine, it has been described as "the board of our circumstances, of the reasonable, of what we are expected to do. Everything that makes us feel comfortable and well. "

It is therefore welfare something that plays against professional progress? It seems that being in a hypothetical area of ​​comfort is not something negative, but limiting. It distances us from another area where there may be learning, growth or development and whose exploration is fundamental to acquire new knowledge.

We may have also heard that the term comfort has come to be identified as indolence or inertia, and to be used as a "throwing weapon against workers".

Others like to explain it by giving a positive turn to the definition or perception of comfort zone, and defining it as the area where one is motivated, the place where one has reasons to do what he/she wants to do and they feel good, not accommodated or demoralized.

In this regards it is the task of a manager to define contexts and objectives where people are satisfied, and a balance between three elements: a fair level of anxiety, an optimal activation and an efficient and profitable performance for the business. Because an excess of stress, caused by the uncertainty that generates a radical change, will play against the worker.

Each worker has their own aspirations, their personal contexts and their respective obligations. Therefore, each one has its priorities and its particular zone of comfort, there is no magic recipe that can be given without taking into account the individual character of each case.This may vary according to each indivudual's reality, values, goals, there are a number of variables that influence its definition. There may be motives that make sense for us to stay in it at any given time, because what we can gain can be more or less than what we already have.
At the end, it is up to us to decide what we want and want we want to do about it, this may require a little push, therefore I recommend to share this with someone we know will listen to us and will provide good feedback.

I leave it there...

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