The Gift of Disorientation

I attended a conference recently where one of the speakers talked about the gift of disorientation. I hadn’t heard disorientation being described as a gift before, but what he was really saying was that it’s good to allow people exposure to ‘stretch’ once in a while.

Speaking from the position of being a very successful leader, I could see what he was saying. People learn fast when they’re exposed to stretch.  

Stretch is good. At least that’s what everyone else says, except the person being stretched of course. 

The bottom line is that it’s not comfortable being stretched.  In fact, it has been used as a torture technique in past days, just to keep it in perspective.

That said, we can all remember times in our own lives when we were stretched, or pushed beyond our comfort zones.

We didn’t enjoy it at the time, but we’re probably glad we were.

Some of the most defining moments of our lives happened when we were being stretched, but I’m guessing we’d not willingly choose to relive many of them.

However, we are stronger as a result though, so I’d say that stretch in this context is actually a good thing.

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