Sunday, 7 September 2008

Comfort zones



His Girl Friday reminded me about the talented (and gorgeous) Alison Krauss. I’m not at all familiar with her bluegrass music, but I remember being completely blown away by her collaboration with Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin fame).

Some genius came up with the idea of taking these two singers from completely different backgrounds and putting them together – and it worked. Both Alison and Robert have spoken about how they felt quite intimated by being removed from their comfort zones, which got me thinking…

If we always do the same things, in the same way, with the same people there is a real danger of complacency and the loss of innovation and creativity. Of course, it’s hard to move from your own comfort zone unless you’ve got the discipline to challenge yourself. It’s much more likely to happen when we’re forced into a situation, or when someone else challenges us.

This is quite topical for me as I’ve been challenged lately in a couple of areas where I think that I’m pretty good at what I do. The details don’t matter, but I’ve been doing these things for many, many years and – on reflection – I have become quite complacent. So I needed the constructive criticism to give me the impetus to look at how I’m performing and to raise my game.

It’s not exactly pleasant to be challenged in this way - then again, it’s not too easy to be the challenger either. So I’m grateful for the timely comments.

5 comments:

Tess said...

Great video! Apart from the collaboration, I'm impressed by how well Rob's kept his hair...

You make a really good point about comfort zones. And of course sometimes comfort zones can be negative - for example if living in debt is a long-standing habit, it is more comfortable than changing habits to live more frugally.

Good luck with the game-raising. Let us know how it goes.

Lins Honeyman said...

Know what you mean. I'm going through one of these challenging-out-of-comfort-zone times at the moment too. Not terribly pleasant but I know it'll be worth it in the long run.

Love Alison Krauss. And Robert Plant. Who'd've thunk it?!

Saw AK and Union Station in concert a couple of years ago and bluegrass is what she does the best. Mind you, with a voice like her's put together with Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, Barry Bales and the astonishing Jerry Douglas on dobro, she can't go wrong. Pretty mean fiddle player too.

AnneDroid said...

But my comfort zones are just sooooo comfy...!! I like being comfy.

BZ Ward said...

Excellent word right about now for me!

nonprofitprophet said...

Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. It is easier to get stuck in what we do, and then wonder why we are not content or are not growing in some way. ~npp