Out of the Comfort Zone

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Bryce Evans

Full disclosure: I’m a massive Chicago Cubs fan; have been since I can remember. My family is from the Chicagoland area, and I was raised that way. It’s that simple. But I mention this to preface the quote I’m about to reference. For those of you unfamiliar with current Cubs manager Joe Maddon, he’s a sports writer’s dream: quirky, open, honest, and full of philosophical quotes. 

“If you become a comfortable person, I think that subtracts growth from the equation,” he told reporters at the beginning of Spring Training in 2017 with the Cubs ready to start their first World Series title defense in 108 years. “I think if you remain somewhat uncomfortable, you’ll continue to grow. You don’t become stagnant. You don’t become complacent, set in your ways. On every level, I want to remain uncomfortable.”

That’s a pretty great thought, right? I’ve had that saved in my notes for the last nine months, and I wholeheartedly believe in the value of those words. It applies to all aspects of life—business, leadership, relationships, etc. You don’t grow by staying in your comfort zone; you don’t effect change by doing the same things over and over.

The end of the year is always a good time for analyzing goals, measuring success and reflecting on personal growth. As you read this, the majority of you have just wrapped up your fiscal years and are poring over numbers and, likely, looking for opportunities to focus on in 2018. I can tell you that’s the case here at Fixed Ops Business. Including this one, we’ve produced nine issues since our launch in April, and examining the progression of our publication over that short time, we’re very proud of the work we’ve done.

But we won’t get complacent. We have a lot of plans in the works for 2018—increased digital content, additional ancillary product launches and an overall enhancement to the way our content is presented in print. We want to do all we can to help you achieve your goals in your operation. As we push ourselves to improve, we want to offer the tools and strategies you need to push your own operation forward.

Improvement can be difficult, and change is often uncomfortable. None of it occurs quickly, and nothing great is ever accomplished alone. But, take it from a Cubs fan, success, growth and accomplishment is worth the pain and struggle.

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