5 Ways to Practice Getting out of Your Comfort Zone

“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.

Go Ziplining

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?

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Change Your Mindset, Change Your life

There are many beliefs about the secret to success. Some claim that the secret is motivation, ambition and being positive. While all of those things contribute to success the most critical component to success is to have a burning desire.

Desire Comes From Within

It seems obvious that if you are going to be successful that you should want to be a success. But some of us think if we put in the long hours that success will happen. But if you really dont want to climb the ladder or grow a business it probably won’t happen. You will be competing against people that want it more than you.

You can’t have motivation without desire. It is the desire that keeps your eye on the end goal and keeps the fire in you to keep working. It is the desire that will keep you working toward the end goal even if you have not had a lot of success initially.

I remember reading a book that talked about finding your heart’s desire. At the time I was involved in a part time business that was not particularly successful. As I listened to the book I realized that my business was not working because I did not have my heart into it. I wanted the financial rewards but did not want the business. For me financial success was not enough, I needed to want to do the business. Desire is what keeps you awake at night.

First your desire needs to be realistic, and second, your desire needs to be concrete. A desire to be a ballet dancer for example probably is only going to end with disappointment if you were born with two left feet, and a desire to ‘be more successful’ is an abstract aim that’s really quite subjective.

How to Find Your Desire

If you are struggling to know what your desire is, then think of your life now as it is.

What do you want your life to look like in 5 and 10 years? What do you love doing? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Now think of how your life would look if you had everything the way you want it. Write everything down. How can you get to your desired life? What is one thing you can do today to move you closer to your desire?

You may not have an ideal job or career that is important, but you want to make more money to travel. Is the desire big enough to work hard move up in your career or to have a second job?

You may want to stay at home with your kids, but you need to make enough money to stay home. Is the desire to stay home big enough to keep you motivated to work from home or do you also need to need to be satisfied with your work?

What if You Have the Desire but Still no Success?

Desire is one of the most important components of success but if you don’t believe you can succeed, then you won’t. Your subconscious mind feeds your conscious mind continually. If you keep telling yourself negative thoughts such as I are not good enough, I can’t be successful, or I don’t have a business brain your conscious mind will believe it. You have to feed your subconscious mind with positive statements.

Daily Affirmations

If you want to change your mindset, you know you have to have a desire, but you also need to believe. Belief in yourself can change with daily affirmations. Successful people get up every morning and say aloud positive affirmations such as:

I make enough money to live the life I want
I am meet all of my productivity goals each week
I run faster everyday
I am energetic and can accomplish my goals
I am patient with my children

What affirmations can you say to yourself to change your mindset?

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