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Stepping Outside Comfort Zone

By Consuelo (Chit) E. Munar

“All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak
In the spring of 1999, I immigrated to the US after I have lived and worked in Canada for over two decades. The opportunity surprisingly came and I took a leap of faith for a new venture. The possibility of landing a good job was uncertain since I was over my prime age. At the time, I had limited skills. I had a mindset, though, that I was ready to learn more. My main asset was my fluency of the English language – reading, writing and speaking. With great confidence I assured myself things will be fine and dandy.

Peering through ads in the local daily newspaper, I found an insurance company looking for a front end examiner. The company, also, had a subsidiary network company of alternative medicine service providers such as chiropractic doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and massage therapists. The position entailed establishing proof of loss by analyzing or studying medical documentation; assembling additional information as required from outside sources, including claimant, physician or service provider, employer, hospital and other insurance companies. After I assessed my qualifications, I sent in my application with a concise and brief curriculum vitae.

Two Human Resources Officers who conducted the interview bluntly asked me why the company should hire me. They also asked what attributes do I have that will help me contribute to the overall success of the company. With great confidence I responded to their queries to the best of my knowledge and ability. I got hired and I I joined the company’s 200 employees.

I learned that the job required speed and utmost accuracy. I sought the opportunity of how I can do my work more efficiently and effectively. My department manager advised me to sign up for further computer classes to learn other programs of the Microsoft Office software. To be more competitive to my much younger co-workers, I signed up for a 20-week computer class at a college with close proximity to where I lived.

At age 52, I still loved being in school again. The prospect of learning new things catapulted my enthusiasm level. Learning is a continuing process. Learning is such a joy to me. I find learning about new things gives me the opportunity to engage in interesting conversations with different people. This way not only has my conversational abilities go up but social life is booming, So I met the challenge of learning computer jargons and processes with ardor. In no time, the course was over and certificates of completion were awarded. I felt an unexpected sense of accomplishment.

Erik Erickson, a prominent psychodynamic psychotherapist, believed that middle adulthood/middle age is defined with generativity vs. Stagnation – contributing to the development of others and society around you versus feeling unproductive and uninvolved in the world. Success at this lifestage  means finding satisfaction in contributing to the development of others and society ; failure to do this results in self-absorption and self-indulgence.

Whether it’s the little things, like new foods,or the big things, like flying to a faraway country, learning to dance, knit or quilt, or going back to school, we feel empowered when we do something that challenges us.

Broaden your world. “A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Set sail from your safe harbor.


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