I think the speed of our learning curve begins and ends depending on our answer to the question – “how do you react to being in the stretch zone?”
Most folk attempt to minimize that feeling of stretch and remind themselves that discomfort exists to be minimized.
Others accept the discomfort as a part of life and choose to dance with it.
Of course, we all want to minimize unnecessary stretch and we definitely don’t want to consistently feel stretched because others don’t do their job or because our managers consistently make unrealistic promises to our clients. We also don’t want to find ourselves stretched every minute of our lives. But, that said, if we feel relatively in control of our lives and schedules, our ability to deal with stretch can be developed – just like building a muscle.
And, I would argue that there are few muscles that are more important to build – after all, life begins at the end of our comfort zone.