Step out of your com­fort zone

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

Sleep­ing, rest­ing, chill­ing, cruis­ing: we all yearn for a calm and easy life. We be­lieve that be­ing com­fort­able is good for us.

How­ever, most suc­cess­ful peo­ple greatly dis­agree. Their ex­pe­ri­ence has taught them that be­ing un­com­fort­able is ex­actly the place where their po­ten­tial thrives. Test­ing your lim­its, de­fy­ing your bound­aries, try­ing new things, putting your­self out there… that’s what takes you to the next level.

But peo­ple are usu­ally afraid of fail­ing and mak­ing mis­takes and there­fore opt to stick to ex­er­cises and ac­tiv­i­ties that have known out­comes with lit­tle to no risk of em­bar­rass­ment. But that’s the surest way to stay stuck. “i know this tastes lekker so i’m al­ways go­ing to or­der it.”

But there could be some­thing even bet­ter in the menu if only you’d spread your wings.

“i know i do this well so i’m al­ways go­ing to do it. it’s bet­ter than fall­ing on my face by try­ing some­thing else.”

But what if you are bet­ter at the some­thing else too?

The dan­ger in al­ways stick­ing with what is most com­fort­able is that you’ll al­ways only know what you know. You’ll al­ways ex­pe­ri­ence what you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. no new opin­ions, no new mem­o­ries, no new feel­ings, no new ac­com­plish­ments, and no new noth­ing. This is es­pe­cially true in your ca­reer, for ex­am­ple: pass­ing on the op­por­tu­nity to do a pre­sen­ta­tion (thanks to your glos­sopho- bia) means your col­league will al­ways get credit for work you can do too. That’s a missed op­por­tu­nity. Say­ing no to ex­tra work (be­cause you think you’re in­ca­pable) means it’ll be passed to some­one else that gets to grow their skill set in­stead of you. That’s a missed op­por­tu­nity. not shar­ing a new idea you have (do you think you’re too young/too new or that the idea will never work?) means that your su­pe­ri­ors will con­tinue over­look­ing your po­ten­tial. You’re miss­ing out on new op­por­tu­ni­ties. in ad­di­tion, be­cause your man­ager knows that you are un­able to con­front your fears, they’ll stop of­fer­ing you new op­por­tu­ni­ties al­to­gether. Have you ever no­ticed that there’s usu­ally only one per­son in the of­fice that seems to get of­fered all the new op­por­tu­ni­ties?

it’s prob­a­bly be­cause they take the chances you’re too scared to take.

So, Scaredy pants, here’s why neale Don- ald Walsch’s “life be­gins at the end of your com­fort zone” quote is so pop­u­lar: You learn some­thing new-with each new ex­pe­ri­ence, you’ll be able to see some­thing in a way you’ve never seen it be­fore. You’ll find out more about your strengths, weak­nesses, likes and dis­likes-with each new ex­pe­ri­ence, you’ll know why it worked, what will make it work bet­ter next time, and if you’d en­joy a ca­reer that en­ables you to ex­pe­ri­ence that reg­u­larly. You’ll feel more con­fi­dent-achieve­ment, pride and the re­al­i­sa­tion that you didn’t die af­ter com­plet­ing an anx­i­ety filled task, will make you be­lieve in your­self so much more. You will get no­ticed-if you put your­self out there, oth­ers will see you out there. You’ll be­gin in­spir­ing peo­ple around youpeo­ple will look at YOU and say: If she can do it then so can I. it’s true that peo­ple gen­er­ally do not like to roam out­side their com­fort zone. And that’s why most peo­ple aren’t suc­cess­ful. Out­side is where we grow, learn, and de­velop in a way that ex­pands our hori­zons be­yond what we ever thought we were ca­pa­ble of do­ing. Don’t worry, you can fake it ‘till you make it.

Take the first step out of your com­fort zone by grow­ing your skill set, ap­ply­ing for that pro­mo­tion, climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der, leav­ing the job you hate, and by find­ing bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties at a dif­fer­ent com­pany. — ca­

Life be­gins at the end of your com­fort zone. Stretch­ing your­self will en­able you to take larger risks and grow.

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