“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy
Are you afraid of doing new things? Early in my career, I was asked to speak to a small group of people. I was petrified to talk to more than one person at a time. What would they think of me?
I agreed to introduce someone who would present the material. Each opportunity to speak I would talk a little longer until finally, I was presenting to large groups for one-day training. If I had never agreed to take that small step I might never have done the large presentations. Now I love giving live presentations.
All of us have something that we don’t like to do or are afraid of doing that is holding us back. My coaching clients are always saying they can’t get new leads because: “I don’t feel comfortable calling them,” ” what if they don’t want my services,” ” I don’t know how to make a landing page,” or ” I have never been good at that.” To grow personally and in your business, you need to practice getting out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Learn how to do something you have never done before. Here are 5 ways to practice getting uncomfortable. If you practice being uncomfortable, then you will begin to be comfortable with the feeling of being uncomfortable.
I love to go on roller coasters and will go over and over again. But I am terrified of having my feet dangle on the Ferris wheel or walking on a metal platform that you can see all the way to the ground. My kids wanted to go zip-lining and asked me to go along. I figured the zip-line would have a similar feel of the roller coaster, so I was game. What I didn’t count on was the rope bridge you had to walk on between the zip lines. The rope bridge appeared halfway through the course so there was no turning back. I was petrified! I kept telling myself that it was a great lesson in overcoming fear.
Ask for a discount
My daughter-in-law is the best at getting a discount. I am always amazed how she can get a bargain. The difference between her and me is that she asks for the discount. She doesn’t always get one, but she gets one more than I do. You won’t get on if you don’t ask.
Tell someone about your business
How many of your friends know about your business? You most likely are keeping it a secret because you don’t what to hear their opinion or you are afraid they will judge you in some way. Pick two friends, acquaintances, or people in the street and tell them something about your business. You don’t have to give a presentation just something simple. “Hi, I am working with small business owners that want to get better results. Do you know anyone I can talk to?”
Make a video or do Facebook live
Videos are the best way to promote your business. It is so easy to make a video now using your smartphone. Practice making short videos to post on Youtube (you can always keep it private). After you get better at it, you can do Facebook live!
Do something new
What are you avoiding because you don’t know how to do it? What would happen if you tried and failed? For some reason, we think if we can’t do something perfectly the first time then we shouldn’t even try. Everyone starts at the beginning.
Maybe you could take a dance class. Of course, you may have two left feet but you aren’t trying to be in a professional dance group! What if you practice and you love it! Take a painting class. It may be just the creative outlet you need to clear your head. Who cares if you are good at it! Try fixing something that is broken.
Get out of your comfort zone. Write down how it made you feel. Make a habit of doing something every day that makes you feel uncomfortable. You will be surprised that you will begin getting comfortable with uncomfortable.
What makes you uncomfortable that is keeping you from getting results? What small micro commitment could you make to begin to get out of your comfort zone?