Multi-vari analysis, statistical process control, Chi square, Type I errors…….Phew!
Over the last two months I’ve been studying to take the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification exam (CSSGB). If you’re not sure what six sigma is, go to http://bit.ly/YZ2Wt3 to learn about it ;) The purpose of this post is not to teach you about six sigma, though. It is, however, to urge to you stretch yourself past your comfort zone.
Here’s the deal. I am, by nature, not someone who has historically been fantastic with math, formulas, and crazy calculations. I always thought it was a little ridiculous to mix the alphabet with numbers…. (okay math nerds….. you can stop laughing at me now). But guess what…although my comfort zone is to stay the hell away from math and scary subjects like statistics, I realize that in order to be truly successful in the business world, I need to stretch myself past my ever-so-cozy comfort zone.
Have you defined the boundaries of your comfort zone? What’s holding you back from taking a leap frog jump to a new level in your career? New things are, and will be scary at first. Sometimes downright exhausting. But unless you grind it out, and push yourself to new limits, how will you experience growth?
TAKE ACTION: Identify a subject on the outskirts of your comfort zone…whatever that may be, and tackle it! Get in, get your hands dirty, and learn something new, but still valuable to your personal and professional growth. The first step will be the hardest, but as Nike always says- Just Do It!