You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Situations like these - ones that are important professionally, but personally terrifying - are, unfortunately, ubiquitous. An easy response to these situations is avoidance. Who wants to feel anxious when you don’t have to?
"If You're Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won't Learn Anything" is from hbr.org, published on July 29, 2016.