Fail productively. To maximize your growth and potential, ask for support only after you allowed yourself to struggle. Sometimes you will figure it out for yourself.

How about your daily work activities? Where are they falling within the flow diagram? Are they mostly falling in the category of “manageable challenges”?

If the answer is yes, then you might be in the performance zone. This zone means that you are navigating your tasks with ease, allowing them to become almost second nature. This is a great place to be, for some time. Once you’ve allowed your expertise over your tasks to solidify, you may want to start challenging yourself again. Activities that push you out of your comfort zone and push your point of resistance are the key to doing so. The best learning happens when we really have to work for it. In order to improve you need to use stress as a driver for improvement. The right amount serves as a powerful stimulus for growth.