I used to be a camp counselor. At camp we talked about the "3 Zones" you could be in at any time: Comfort, Learning and Panic. At camp we tried to avoid the Panic Zone, rescuing a kid from the top of a rock wall is no fun for anyone.
It is easy for us in our work and our personal lives to stagnate in our Comfort Zone. Perform the same tasks the same way day after day. Do the same dinner and a movie each Friday. This is easy to do, but nothing gets better.
From a CI point of view we need to get beyond our Comfort Zone, and into the Learning Zone at least daily. If it doesn't make you a bit nervous or uncertain you probably aren't truly out of your comfort zone.
Currently I am having to delegate more work to my subordinates, and I worry if the tasks will be performed correctly. However this is an improvement within my group as it frees my time for larger more meaningful projects.
Outside of work this blog and my new twitter account @P_R_McC are definitely "Learning Zone" activities for me. I've avoided the Panic Zone, but sharing my thoughts in a public forum has yanked me from my Comfort Zone. Look forward to sharing more with you as the journey continues.