To get more from life, you must step out of your comfort zone. It won't be easy, but this is how you reach your full potential.
Where you are now is not where you have to stay. Unless, of course, you like where you are. But, chances are, if you stay put, you will lose out on a lot of potential benefits.
America is a ladder to climb. And, to climb, you need new skills. Now is the time to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone.
Self-Education - Required
When the majority of individuals leave school, their education stops. A lot of people don’t read a book unless it is fiction or something required by their job.
In so doing, they become less than they could be. They don't realize how important self-education becomes.
Of course, at work, there is no choice. You have to learn what is expected of you. But, why stop there? What is the next level where you work? Why wait for it to be thrust upon you? If it ever is.
Find out what is required at that next level? Go ahead and learn all you need to know now. Become prepared. Make progress to show your manager you have ambition.
Jim Rohn said, “For things to change, you have to change.” That’s true. If you don’t change, you will remain in your comfort zone and everything will stay the same.
Your comfort zone encourages you to stay within it. It is, as the name says, comfortable. It feels so good. It is like the first warm spring day after a long cold winter.
But that means you are confining yourself to where you are, unable to change. You cannot rise and you won't reach your potential. Don’t let that be okay with you. You can be more.
There is more to life if you allow it to happen. Yes, it will take time and effort, but the rewards can be so large…it is worth it.
You can enlarge your comfort zone by creating new routines and habits.
You will need to learn more, be willing to make mistakes, and to pick yourself up if you fall down. But, again…it will be worth it.
If you step outside your comfort zone, you will find out more about yourself. And in the process, you will learn more about life. All of this by simply stepping outside your comfort zone.
There is a way to bring everything you experience outside your comfort zone down into your comfort zone. This is done by repetition.
If you do something once, the next time you try it, it can still be difficult. But, the more often you do something, the easier it gets. This is how athletes develop their skills.
How many times do you think Tiger Woods hit golf balls? How many times do you think Michael Jordan shot basketballs? Tom Brady throwing footballs? You get the point.
And, at times, these athletes thought about how they were progressing. They reflected on their performance. And they used self-motivation to reach their next level of performance.
How many times have you reflected on your performance at work and studied how to do it better. Then, decided what to do, and went over it many times in your mind. Yes, visualizing yourself doing something better and doing that visualization over and over and over again.
Of course, if you can do it in reality, it is better. But the brain doesn’t distinguish the difference between reality and something vividly imagined. You can get better mentally.
The great Jack Nicholas imagined in him mind hitting a put and seeing it go into the hole before he actually stroked the ball. Also, Pete Maravich, a great shooter in basketball was taught by his father when he was young to imagine shooting a shot perfectly and seeing it go into the hoop. Pete would do this over and over again, especially when he was lying in bed at night.
Repetition is a key to reaching your potential. Reflection is another key. Ask yourself how you can do it better. You have to raise your standards.
Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame has developed a culture of innovation within his companies. He is always looking to improve the product and process.
Elon is the richest man in the world. Yes, he is a genius. Yes, he works 80 to 100 hours a week every week for over two decades. But, another factor in his success is his relentless look for ways to improve. Which, of course, means he and his employees must step outside their comfort zone.
Are you willing to step outside your comfort zone to reach more of your potential? Are you willing to challenge yourself? Hmmm…what if you fail?
Here’s is the key to failure: look at it as a learning experience. You just learned how not to do something. You can always figure out what happened and how you can do better next time. Remember that progress can lead to a lot of success and happiness.
The first three space shots by Elon Musk’s SpaceX failed. Did he give up? No, he learned what went wrong, reflected no what he need to change or add, and made changes. And, on the four space shot…SUCCESS. And the rest is now history.
If a baseball player is out 7 out of 10 times, he will end up in the Hall of Fame. Failure 7 times! How can this be?
When you get hits 3 out of 10 at bats, you have a batting average of .300. Very few people out of all of professional baseball bat .300. So, the ones that do end up in the Hall of fame.
The bottom line is don’t give up. If you are knocked down, get back up. And, in so doing, you are learning more about yourself. An old adage is KNOW THYSELF. It really is important.
What can you accomplish? No one knows. There is only one way to find out. You have to step out of your comfort zone. Do some self-education, try it, reflect on how it turned out, make new plans, and then try again. Repetition is the mother of skill.
You have many choices once you decide to step outside your comfort zone. See if one of them resonates with you.
1. You might start with one of your habits or routines. All habits and routines lie within your comfort zone.
We don't think much, if any, about what we do by habit. That’s because, by definition, it is automatic. So a good starting point might be to make a change to one of your routines. Whether it is a daily routine, weekly or monthly routine.
If you decide to do this, to step outside your by changing a routine, your first step is to become conscious of all of your routines and decide which routine you will start with. Once you've done that, you need to become conscious of what steps make up the routine. Now, change one.
Then, follow up with repletion. Do the new change over and over and over again. In this way, you are starting a new habit. This is important because it proves you can do it. And, it proves you can step outside your comfort zone.
2. What is unfamiliar can be positive. Is there something you've wanted to learn about, but haven't. Perhaps a friend has taken up a new hobby and it sounded interesting. Now is a chance to learn about something in tandem with a friend.
Then how about learning something new that would help you get to the next level at work? Two pluses here. One, a way to step out of your comfort zone. And two, you give yourself a chance to move up a notch in the marketplace with the potential of more money, and possibly more pleasure.
Is there somewhere you'd like to go that would be new to you? Perhaps you've seen pictures or a video on a location that got your level of excitement up. Why not make plans and go there?
There are just so many possibilities where you can try something new and then...step outside your comfort zone.
3. If the goal is too big and fear sets in. A lot of people do nothing because the goal they would like to accomplish is just too big. Well, there is an easy antidote for this situation. Three words - take small steps.
Every goal can be broke up into smaller pieces. Let's say you start by breaking a goal into 3 parts. Then you take each of those parts and break each one down into 3 parts. You have just broken a goal into 9 segments.
Then, here is a key for your success. In each segment, once you start it, you provide 100% of you attention only to the goal you are in. You do not think about the other goals until you finished the goal you are in.
Here's what happens. Once you finish one goal, the big goal becomes more possible. Your attitude changes. You realize you have a process that can get you some pretty big goals. Your self-confidence goes up.
If one of the segments is still too big, break it into 3 small goals. This makes it possible to step outside your comfort zone with less fear.
4. How do you feel about risks? Worried and woeful? That is natural because things may not turn out the way you want. The primitive part of our brain is designed to guard us against pain. This was important to[primitive humans.
But, in the modern world, things are not as bad as they were centuries ago. Our life is easier, even if at times it doesn't feel like it. We are not battling fiece animals and starvation. Our primitive brain does not know this.
A lot of fear is in our head. Here is what someone came up with about the letters in the word fear - False Evidence Appearing Real.
Taking risks on purpose can make our lives better. If a person keeps taking risks and getting rewards on most of those risks, in the end he or she can become thrilled to take a risk to get the reward. And, yes, it should be a calculated risk. One that has been considered from many angles.
The more you take calculated risks and succeed, the easier it gets. The rewards become more possible. This is a good thing.
Then, fear becomes less intimidating. Confidence grows; self-esteem grows.
You can make more out of you life acquiring many rewards by stepping out of your comfort zone taking calculated risks from time to time. And, in this process, you will learn a lot about yourself.
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