“Sure, I could call and follow-up on proposals, but calling that customer feels awkward.”
“Going to that event when I don’t know a lot of people is awkward.”
“Maybe we could be better friends, but talking about friendship with someone is awkward.”
“Talking to my kids about [insert almost any topic here] can be awkward.”
“I am a little insecure, and taking on this project, role, or job is awkward.”
When did awkward get a VETO? Who empowered awkward with the power to slow us down and even stop us?
Growth happens when we press forward with new experiences, skills, relationships, conversations, connections, and roles.
Maybe that awkward feeling can serve as a simple reminder that what we are about to do is important.
Instead of shying away from that feeling, maybe it is time for us to start embracing awkward and re-interpret those feelings.
Important work ahead?
“Thank you awkward for the reminder of the importance of this next step.”