Almost everyone wants to get better, but will refuse to move out of the bubble that is their comfort zone. You want to do something different, but the whirlwind life that you lead, consumes your day. So you decide to put off improving your life for another time, and will choose to do the safe thing.
What you want is to contribute more to discussions at your company meetings, but you hesitate and don’t bother getting in a word edgewise. To grow, you realize you need to expand, to network with others who you don’t know, who could help you get better. But you don’t feel comfortable initiating conversations with strangers.
You know you need to start making yourself noticed more, to emphasize your professional accomplishments to advance your career at work.
You need to become more proactive, this to get promoted and earn more money. Yet, you feel uncomfortable when you need to toot your own horn.
The list that you have of things which makes you feel uncomfortable are endless. But to grow, to take that next step going forward, this despite how insignificant it may be, you hesitate. Tasks which may be simple for others, feels overwhelming to you.
Then there are the constantly moving targets, the changes which occurs in your life, and in the organization you work for. What happens is things compound, and everything gets a lot more challenging.
What we’re constantly doing is crossing national cultures along with organizational cultures, this on a regular basis which clouds the issues.
We change our roles from being single to becoming parents, from employees to managers, from worker to entrepreneur. We’re constantly switching roles, needing to reinvent ourselves every time.
Nothing Ever Stays The Same
What’s also constantly changing is the world around us, as technology is speeding forward at unprecedented rates, as we become unsettled and uncertain about ourselves and others.
The Internet and it’s evil step child social media, constantly bombards us with the latest war somewhere in the world, how horrific mankind and humans have become to each other. We no longer know what’s true or not, as “fake news” is rampant everywhere.
The United States has elected a president, who doesn’t have a day of political experience. Their allies are in disbelief, wondering if the treaties in place will be honored.
That Unpleasant Uncomfortable Feeling
Everyone wonders what will happen to their jobs, their welfare, their homes, their health care, the future for themselves and their children. For some, they’re thinking of doing something they would of never considered in their life, and that’s political activism.
Standing on the political spectrum requires the need to expand themselves out of their comfort zones, to take on new roles and responsibilities, ways they’ve never dared in the past.
The need to consider new options along with new perspectives they’ve never thought of before, this to stretch in many cases, far beyond their comfort levels.
Living Inside Your Comfort Zone
There are only a few people who enjoys the associated stress, which comes with the strain of going outside their comfort zones. But as the saying goes, “that’s where the magic happens.”
Stepping outside that bubble, stepping outside being comfortable, is the only area where we can grow, learn, and develop ourselves in ways that expands our horizons, this beyond what we ever thought possible.
With everything that’s currently happening in our world that we can’t do anything about, this from the dizzying pace of technology, to that unexpected twist in politics, personal change shouldn’t be an option, it should be a priority.
To Go Beyond Being Comfortable
So looking at the way our current world is trending towards, we as a civilization appears to be cornered, immobilized, and helpless.
So what we need is to focus on our particular comfort zones, and decide to take that leap, this by going beyond what we’re used to, and taking that momentous step forward.
We as humans, what we’re exceptionally good at, is to create rationalizations, this to avoid things that we’re afraid or uncomfortable of. What’s recommended is using this power of rationalization, this for a better purpose.
So instead of justifying why you shouldn’t be taking that leap of faith, instead, try to convince yourself, give yourself reason and justification on why you should.
Instead of just working your job, or living your mundane life, this to avoid all the things that you’re afraid of, decide to bear down. Take a deep breath and jump. Think about the support that you’ll get from others, from those who care about you, when take that leap.
It Begins With Baby Steps
You can begin right now, right away by taking small steps, the next step, this instead of completely jumping in, and making that speech at the next corporate meeting or industry event.
Instead, decide to sign up and attend a public speaking class. Instead of making your thoughts known in the boardroom, begin by speaking up in smaller meetings, or in the lunchroom to peers, this to see how it feels, and how they react.
While doing so, get someone to analyze, offer advice along with encouragement and criticism, this in advance to your challenging situation.
First you may stumble, but that’s probable and expected. In fact, that’s the only way you’ll learn and grow, this especially if you can appreciate that making mistakes are inevitable, and that failure is the key to the learning process.
Know that it’s not easy to take a leap of faith, and know how to react outside your comfort zone. It takes bravery, effort, energy, focus, and determination. But if you’re motivated to take action, you’ll then succeed.