Comfort Zone

Sep 10, 2020

What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone? Or is your comfort zone where you seek to be?

My mentor Paul always says that your goals should be scaring you. I find it harder and harder to dream big and really get out of my comfort zone.

Some people will think of it as being more adventurous, and maybe it is for those that like that kind of adventure. For me jumping off a building, finding a bigger mountain is not what I call an adventure. I am afraid of heights so that isn’t what I call an adventure.

Setting goals for travelling and speaking around the world or speaking on a big stage would be getting out of my comfort zone. Possibly working with people side by side that I admire would be getting out of my comfort zone. Anything that really stretches you out of your day-to-day.

Les Brown says most people fail not because they aim too high, but because they aim too low..

What Les means here is that we don’t really dare to dream big enough. We set comfortable goals for many reasons. Sometimes it might be because we are afraid that if we say it we have to commit. We may think we are not worth the goal we have set. Maybe we want it, but deep inside feel like that could only happen to someone else.

I agree with this. In the past, I have really stretched myself and now looking back I definitely picked things I knew in my heart I could achieve. They made me nervous, but I can honestly say they didn’t scare the daylights out of me. I can remember when I first opened my business it was scary, but I knew I could achieve it. When I opened a second location that scared me too! It really scared me because I don’t think I was ready for what I had thrown myself into. My team wasn’t ready and the timing could not have been worse!

Martin Luther King says “Faith is taking the first step even though you don’t know the whole staircase.”

I couldn't agree more. After I opened the second location, everything went wrong during and after. Just to name a few.

  1. I lost my house to mold 
  2. I lost all of my belongings 
  3. I became super ill 
  4. I became allergic to chemicals and fragrance 
  5. I lost staff members from being out of my space. 
  6. Covid-19 emerged

I think I can even go on further! I made an absolute mess. However, I am so thankful that I did it. I learned so much and am taking steps to be able to do it better. If I hadn’t taken the chance I would not know the pitfalls. I have learned about leadership and team building, not to mention Mold, that I now know. The experience could have never come through others. I really needed to take that step and make a mess myself to really understand that I am ready for the next scary step and get out of my comfort zone.

What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone?

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