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Monday, September 5, 2011

Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone Is Necessary For Success

"To be successful, all you have to do 
is give up everything you know."

~Asara Lovejoy

O.K., this isn't quite true, but it seems like it.  To be successful, you need to be able to let go of preconceived notions, long-standing limitations and habits that don't serve you.  You need to get out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself.  Sometimes when you are doing things that feel uncomfortable, or struggling to learn new skills, you may feel like you are having to give up everything you know.  Remember that new skills feel uncomfortable until you practice them.  In time and with practice, they become second nature.  

This week:   Take an honest look at where you stand with your success, however you define it.  How well is your old approach working for you?  Do you need a new approach?  Do you need to find new models for success?  Do you need to develop new skills?  If you could stretch yourself in only ONE area, would it make a difference?  Use this inventory to identify ways you may need to "step up your game."  Identify an area in which you could stretch yourself.  Outline a plan for making that happen.  Now, this week, before any more time has passed, take the first step in that plan.  Congratulations!  You are stepping outside your comfort zone!

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people achieve goals they had not thought even possible using her solution focused approach.  She specializes in helping people overcome the mindset limitations that block their success (and happiness).  For more information, go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com .  


Anonymous said...

Love this, you know I'm an out-of-the-boxer anyway, LOL! Good points, Linda.

Anonymous said...

It's funny; I feel like I've lost everything I know when I'm putting together the next leadership dialogue experience, etc. What you helped me realize is that I have learned to let go of what I know so it can come back to me and serve the experience. And of course, I am then learning all sorts of new things in the process.

Tiffany deSilva said...

I like this. I love learning new things and stepping outside the ordinary--it truly is the only way to grow. I would be bored to death if ever got too comfortable.

The Professional Commuicator's Coach said...

Juicy tips thanks for sharing!

Mary Ellen said...

This is an uplifting read as I prepare to go to the Inbound Marketing Summit in Boston next week to meet new people and share fresh ideas.

Kristina said...

I love being reminded to stretch. Being uncomfortable isn't fun, but I know that feeling means I am doing something big so I am willing to accept the fact that growing isn't supposed to be easy. Thanks for the wonderful post.