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15
Jul

The Self-Imposed Limitations of Comfort Zones

I'm absolutely guilty when it comes to staying within my comfort zone. It's so much easier to stick to what we know instead of exploring new territory. And if you don't try, you can't fail, right? You also can't grow. I think about how babies learn to walk. How many times does a baby stand up before succeeding in taking those first steps? They fall and get up. Fall and get up. For weeks, sometimes months, before they achieve success. But barring severe disability, we all eventually learn. In fact I've you ever had a child, you know that as a parent you have to make sure they're not trying something so far outside their comfort zone that the activity becomes dangerous. They try new things constantly. And if they fail, they just shake it off and try again. Why did this change? Most of us eventually become complacent. We reach a level where we can function on a reasonable level, and often stop trying to stretch our boundaries. Comfort becomes a prison. And we convince ourselves that where we are is good enough. Look around you. Are you living the life you really want? Are you expecting others to look after you interests, when you're not willing to do this yourself? Are you unwilling to take measured risks, because you've failed before, and you're willing to settle? Taking risks doesn't have to mean doing really BIG things, like parachuting out of a perfectly good airplane (although it could). Every seemingly insurmountable task can be broken down into small steps that are easily achievable. I know. Now you inner voice is whining "But it's hard!" Exactly. When it's hard, you know you're getting outside your comfort zone and making growth possible. “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough." ~Randy Pausch Be the one who wants it badly enough to persist. Many of your competitors won't. Take control of your life, your business and your future. (Learn to step out of your business comfort zone at SCOE Seattle 2016. Don't just listen to the advice you receive, go back and implement the changes you hear about. And use the code AGENDA to save $175.00 off your ticket at http://thesellersconference.com/scoe-2016/) See you in August! Rhonda