Step Out of Your Comfort Zone to Make Changes Happen
By Dub Taylor
Most professionals don’t like to feel uncomfortable in any situation in their life, work or business.
It’s much easier to remain comfortably nestled in that familiar place that provides us a sense of security, one that might be false yet nonetheless feels secure enough to build our alliances.
As a result of such perceived security, professionals will go to great lengths to avoid situations that make them feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately, that avoidance strategy is a killer of innovation, achievement and living and working on your own terms.
Here’s why: Change doesn’t happen by staying in your comfort zone. Change only happens when you step out of your comfort zone. And therein lies the challenge.
To create change and strike out in new directions requires doing something you haven’t done before.
It means rocking the status quo. It requires deciding not to settle for mediocrity.
All those things can feel scary. They can bring up all sorts of feelings, including fear, resistance and self-doubt. And that is uncomfortable.
So, unless you are willing to expose yourself to feeling uncomfortable, you are going to stay stuck.
Many years ago, I tried for a long time to change a number of areas of my life and still work in my safe little comfort zone. It did not work. It was only when I stepped out of my comfort zone that the really good stuff started to happen in my life, work, business and relationships.
If you want to create change or achieve new goals, you have to be willing to step into feelings of discomfort and uncertainty. You have to be willing to take calculated risks. You have to be willing to feel fear and carry on regardless.
Here is something worth considering: If you think staying in your comfort zone is safe, you are making a huge mistake. It’s not safe at all.
It’s not safe because you are risking a lifetime of just existing rather than living. You are settling for mediocrity in your life, work, business and relationships. That’s not safe. From where I’m sitting, that is downright dangerous. It is a gamble to take with your one and only life.
The reality is that if you are serious about creating the change you desire, you must get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
If you are willing to do that, the sky is the limit. You could transform your life, work, business and relationships. You could thrive, improve your results and feel more fulfilled.
As many people will attest, winning at your goals sounds like something worth feeling a little uncomfortable for.
Therefore, I implore you to take a look at what sort of feelings come up for you when you want to create change or achieve your goals.
What is required of you to manage your or your team’s feelings so that you can learn how to get comfortable feeling uncomfortable?