Stepping outside your comfort zone.

3 Feb

None of us can truly say we enjoy change, something foreign, perhaps new, or stepping outside our comfort zone.  Although when we do take that step, we often find the experience to be positive, motivating, and in many cases, satisfying.  So, why is it that we resist change?  Well, I’m not about to tackle that one…but it is worth pondering for a while.   Let me share my story.

I recently had a life changing experience that forced me to embrace change…a major change; it was the forced conversion from “employee” status to “self-employed”.   For any of you who have lost your job for any reason, you know what a blow to the gut this can be.  My job was eliminated due to State Government funding cuts.  Fortunately, with the writing on the wall, I had been fairly prepared for this change that was about to take place.

Even with nearly a year’s worth of planning, I still found myself agonizing over the smallest details of my newly launched business…wanting it all to be perfect before I started knocking on doors.  What I quickly found was that “it” may never be perfect and I needed to just get out and start meeting with people.   But it was that fear of failure, that gut-wrenching moment of “what if I’m not successful” that plays over in your mind that can sometimes be paralyzing.  These are very real emotions that make any “change” difficult to manage even in the most confident people.

A very calculated risk taker, I did what any wise entrepreneur would do, my homework.  The plan was developed and ready for execution, the talent and knowledge in place, the network and the strategic alliances formed; I just needed to make it happen.   Knowing I needed a little coaching, I invested in this amazing program Free Agent Academy (FAA).   These are coaching professionals that have a genuine interest in helping people like myself succeed.  I attended an event hosted in Woodland Park, Colorado that focused on a business’ on-line presence.  Hence, the reason I’ve started to blog.  So from all that I’ve learned, each day I have an agenda formed that is designed to help me reach my weekly and monthly goals.  When we break it down this way, somehow “stepping outside the comfort zone” doesn’t seem so daunting.  It’s like going to the grocery store with a list of 200 items.  You probably had more time and energy in making the list than filling it.  A well prepared plan has been my secret to success whenever treading in new water. 

So, while I’m out creating my own success, I sincerely encourage you to do the same.  Take a chance!  It’s never easy leaving the safe zone, but work it out on paper first.  A friend once told me that “if you can work it out on paper, you can make it work“.  And I truly believe that.  I’m looking forward to the journey that awaits me and the success that will define me.  I offer you these words written by the famous Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things  you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream.”

Share with me your story of how you stepped outside your comfort zone and the positive impact it had in your life or business at   or comment on this post.  I’d love to hear about it!


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