Four Steps to Get You Outside Your Comfort Zone!

You’ve probably heard the adage if you what you’re doing doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable then you’re not pushing your limits hard enough. What does that really mean? Are you doing something this week that is outside of your normal comfort zone? Let’s take a look at these key concepts to learn more about your style and make it easier to step outside of your zone.

How do you feel about doing “new” things?

Do you consider “new” to be exciting and adventurous or does the idea of new things make you nervous or anxious? Do you tap into the feeling of being curious and brave? Or are you scared? If you can name that feeling you can tame that feeling!

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Do you step easily outside of your comfort zone?

Are you one of those people who easily try new things, reads books outside of your expertise or goes places just for the experience? Or are you content with the status quo of your life, your interests, your rhythm, and circle of people?

When you do go outside of your comfort zone, are you intentional? And is it often?

Are you curious about new ideas and experiences and do you plan for them? Do you have internal goals of trying one or two new things that scare you just a little? Or are most of your new experiences accidental or in the company of group who push you to try something new?

What does this mean for my business?

As business owners, when we set goals and then endeavor to meet them, we are very often doing things that we have never done. We frequently find ourselves in situations or answering questions that we’ve never considered before. That is the nature of being an entrepreneur!?

When something is totally new, we often ask for help, seek mentors and coaches, and do our research so that we learn and can adopt a “best practices” approach for ourselves. That asking and reaching out for help reflects both thought and intention.

Focus on these four steps

What can make “getting out there” less scary and more doable for you? Let’s break it down into easy pieces that are simpler to think about and execute. How about focusing on these four key steps:

  1. What are you are going to do?
  2. How are you going to do it?
  3. Have you planned it into your schedule you that you actually do it?
  4. Did you ask for help?

Being intentional when approaching something new can make all the difference when you recognize that it?s new and feels different, then you can plan for it. Planning ahead lessens some of the fear and anxiety and makes it easier to conquer. (Stepping out of your comfort zone can help you meet your dreams – read more about that here.)

What do you think? Are you ready to step outside of your comfort zone? Will you do it with forethought, planning, and intention? Send me a note and let me know how it goes!

Sandra Hughes

Sandra Hughes, MBA CPCC is a mentor and business strategist who is about one thing: elevating people to their full potential. Before starting her own business, over 30 years she held several management positions and was at Gap for 12 years — at one point becoming a Senior Real Estate Executive within the international division. Now, she helps professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and consultants realign their lives in order to maximize their talent, reflect their values, and achieve the income they need to live and retire comfortably.

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