Even the best of us have at one time, or another felt stuck in life, career, or even a relationship. It is not unusual to feel you have not achieved your goals. Well, that’s not altogether a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. It is nature’s way of signalling to you that it is time to step out of your comfort zone, as you have been there for too long. Life is pushing you to do one of three things: challenge yourself, improve yourself or move on so you can achieve greater success. Point to remember, nothing grows in comfort!
Here are three ways to take the plunge out of your comfort zone:
#1. Accept Your Position and Decide To Change It
Facing our anxieties puts us in the most uncomfortable of places. Trust me I'm talking from experience! Anyone can be discouraged thinking of the worst possible outcome to every situation. However, if we are, to be honest with ourselves in wanting to grow, we must face them head on to make the change.
The majority of people would instead go to great lengths to avoid unpleasant situations, decide to face them.
How many people pass up on opportunities because they are daunting?
As billionaire Richard Branson puts it: “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it.” I love this quote!
Put yourself in a position that will give you no other choice but to go through it. Your sheer desire to overcome it will compel you to act finally. Start small and make your way up, leaving no stone unturned (read: kill excuses).
#2. One-Hour Rule
Have you heard of the one-hour rule? Succesful people set aside an hour every day for reading, reflection, or experimentation.
Merely allocate one hour per day to keep learning say by developing a reading habit, thinking of ideas or concepts, writing in a journal, or do any self-reflection. What you will gain out of the one-hour rule is new skills, inspiration or perspective. This almost always give you a significant advantage be it for work or relationships – depending on which one demands your attention at that time.
Living a life of continuous learning will help you achieve growth and lead a fruitful life. I'm addicted to learning!
I know it's not always easy to find an hour in a day, so you may choose to start with 30 minutes like I did and build up to the one hour!
#3 Invest In Yourself
You may be tempted to think that working on weekends will help you achieve more. On the contrary, if you do this, you are setting yourself up for burnout! Denying yourself some downtime means you are not only selling yourself short but also reducing the quality of your life.
Weekends (or even a day in the week!) are your opportunity to relax and focus on yourself, especially if you work hard.. Take time out to refresh, reconnect with family and friends and pursue interests.
I want to leave you with one lasting note, coaching can help you to jump out of our your comfort zone, you do not have to do this alone. I provide my clients with the necessary encouragement, impartial support and accountability for them to take the next steps! I can do the same for you!