Being in our ZPD - Zone of Proximal Development- is a good thing! At least for those of us who want to keep growing more and more fully into who we really are.
A week and a half ago I was in San Diego for Steve Olsher’s New Media Summit connecting with leading podcasters, to pitch being a guest on their shows and to learn to create my own podcast. I was delighted to be in this group of articulate, passionate, generous and mission- driven people.
It was an exciting, intense and challenging three days. At one point I texted to my #1 support team, my family, that I was having a great time and feeling excited, nervous and stretching beyond my comfort zone. My daughter Juliana, an educational consultant, texted me saying, “Mom! You are in your ZPD! Your Zone of Proximal Development where you have productive struggle leading to maximum growth.”
I love this concept of productive struggle!
If we are committed to growing and learning we will frequently choose to be in situations where we feel uncomfortable as we stretch ourselves. In these times we will have feelings of fear and anxiety and we will run into our edges and trip over our old stories and outworn habits and attitudes.
It will feel stressful at times.
To embrace and grow from productive struggle, it is important to take great care of yourself and to become skillful at dealing with the anxiety and fear that is a natural part of the growth process.
Lately I've been developing many resources for this very thing. Resources designed to help you take fabulous care of yourself and to embrace the positive aspects of stress while transforming the negative aspects of stress into energy you can use.
One valuable resource is my free email course: 7 Strategies to Transform Stress to Soul- Satisfying Success.
If you don’t have it yet, sign up here.
Let me know what you think about it.
And be on the look-out for more tools and resources to come.
Our world needs your unique gifts. I’m honored to be on your support team as you shine those gifts into the world.