No gains without pains. (Dictionary of English Proverbs/Thomas Preston)
This proverb came to me right on time. I’ve been trying to decide whether I did the right thing applying for a particular promotion at work (whether I really want it or not). It’s going to be much more difficult than the job I have now. It will be more stressful, more challenging, and more time-consuming. On the other hand, there is a significant raise. Also, the experience will open doors for additional opportunity in the future. My dilemma is whether I prefer to remain in my comfort zone, or whether I am willing to stretch myself and experience a more difficult work load in order to gain more financial stability and visibility in the agency. Actually, I have applied for three promotions (all three the same pay grade). Of the three, the one I feel more likely to get is the one I’ve mentioned here. The other two would not be more stressful at all. I may not get any of the three. I may get one of the less stressful ones. Regardless, I need to be willing to accept the most difficult one if I want to advance in the agency.