It’s easy becoming complacent. Be it the job that is no longer a good fit or a toxic relationship we should’ve abandoned long ago, complacency is easy. A monotonous routine is so comfortable that we become afraid to shake things up. There’s some benefit to a routine if we’re happy and productive. However, we must keep in mind that discomfort is often where our biggest growth happens.
I’m currently working at a job that is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The work includes fixing many things, being outdoors in different weather conditions, and knowledge that would be unbeknownst to most (self-included). I hesitated to take the job. I didn’t want to be in the way of people who work there. Thanks to some encouragement by some good friends and the employer’s willingness to train, I applied and got the job. I stood, staring at the clock on my first morning. It was 6:15 am for a 7:00 shift. “This isn’t for me, I don’t think I should go.” It’s all I could say before I took a deep breath and went out the door. I went back for the second day, a third, and two weeks later am still there. I feel discomfort every day, but that’s largely why I go back.
I’ve learned some new skills and met some great people. I’ve also had some long and physically uncomfortable days. I try to remember that pain is usually temporary and that I will be that much better for knowing I tried something new, whether it works out or not.
There’s discomfort, but it’s not time lost.
If we love something new then we have a new interest. If we don’t like it, we’ve learned one more thing about ourselves.
New jobs are uncomfortable a lot of the time. The first day of school was awkward for most. Dealing with anything new can be quite uncomfortable. Before you know it, the newness becomes the routine. We become good at things we once never knew and we grow as people. When the routine creates a happy and productive person it can be a wonderful thing. When routine leads to misery and dreadful days than it might be time for a change. In all cases, we should remember to try something that will make us uncomfortable so we can grow.