Delivering training is something I value highly. I love actually training especially to people who want to be trained.
I enjoy the preparation for it, the delivery and the reflection afterwards. It’s a blessing to be in that line of work.
As such certain phrases are bandied around and one of those is the phrase ‘out of your comfort zone’. I agree that growth, development and change happens mostly outside the comfort zone and so elements of training has to be about stretching people to do things they are not accustomed to doing in the hope they will see the benefits of it before and realise them afterwards.
More than out of the comfort zone, though, I love seeing people over time emerge from their shell. Whether it’s the shell of timidity or the shell of bravado, I love it when the learning environment is such that people feel more relaxed to put down many of the barriers they come in with and feel fine in who they are without pretense.
That’s a joy for the training environment which is something that lasts for a brief while. I caught myself thinking, recently, imagine a community of people growing together over time and able to grow because that environment has been created where you’re free to be vulnerable and open without any need to retreat to your shell.
That’s a beautiful thought not just worth imagining …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden