This month is International Women's History Month. It's a time to reflect on how far women have come in the workplace and how other minority groups are faring in the battle for equality. One thing is clear: achieving a more diverse and inclusive work environment boils down to the ownership we as individuals take on with this challenge.

This is easier said than done, because like it or not, our brains naturally work against diversity. We all have unconscious biases--the innate tendency to be drawn to people, ideas, and things that are similar to ourselves.

According to Psychologist Catherine Cottrell at the University of Florida and her colleague Steven Neuberg at Arizona State University:

"Human prejudice evolved as a function of group living. Joining together in groups allowed humans to gain access to resources necessary for survival including food, water, and shelter. Groups also offered numerous advantages, such as making it easier to find a mate, care for children, and receive protection from others. However, group living also made us more wary of outsiders who could potentially harm the group by spreading disease, killing or hurting individuals, or stealing precious resources. To protect ourselves, we developed ways of identifying who belongs to our group and who doesn't."

Our safety is threatened by something or someone who appears to be outside of our norm or our community. The thing is our instincts haven't quite caught up to the reality and beauty of diversity as we experience it today.

While we may not be able to prevent our automatic prejudices, we are not doomed from progress. Cottrell notes that we are often able to self-correct when we become aware of our biases.

So how can you begin to self-correct?

You have to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

The reality is that we will react negatively to things or people that are different. However, once it's established that they are not a threat to you, you can begin to embrace the discomfort that you are feeling and allow it to move through you before making decisions.

The habit is noticing this discomfort and not allowing it to be a part of your decision-making process at work and in life.

Instead, focus on the benefits of being inclusive and embracing diversity: new thinking and ideas, increased potential for innovation, and--the crown jewel--the opportunity to shift your own perspective and way of thinking for the better.

Feeling uncomfortable is not easy, but to ensure you, your business and your ideas are a success, embracing the beauty of difference is key.