Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Anyone who has ever been involved with a sports team, performance company, or just professional work environment has surely been forced outside of their comfort zone at some point in time. Mentors, coaches, bosses, and parents (especially parents) force us to push ourselves and expand our mind and bodies.

But, why do they do this?

Why all of the pressure and constant change?

It can be annoying, negative, and at the very least, disrupting to the status quo.

We all know the answer.

While some of us might think otherwise, these motivators are here to provide us the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves. They are the hot embers that ignite the timber. However, as we grow over time and become full members of a fast-paced, high-energy society, the fire begins to wane. So as adults and young professionals, how do we continue this evolution? How do we expand our comfort zone when we are out on our own, making our own way?

The most profound way I have found to evolve to the next version of me has been through GenNext volunteer opportunities. These events force me to expand multiple aspects of my life. While this certainly can be uncomfortable at times, there has been no equal in what we all gain.

One cannot quantify the impact we have on the families and organizations we serve. Additionally, the friendships and bonds created among a diverse group of people all focused on the greater good is not easily lost.

Mediocrity is not an option.

We must continue to be our own motivators. We are responsible to ourselves to assume our own roles in this world. GenNext is the vehicle that allows us the opportunity to evolve.


Steve-WarcholSteve Warchol works for the Missouri Hospital Association providing training and education for Missouri hospitals on strategic business analysis and quality improvement. Steve first got involved with GenNext in April of 2013 and joined the Steering Committee in January of 2015. Steve’s most memorable GenNext events include volunteering at the Saint Louis Food Bank and the summer social picnic.

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