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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7 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur then reading is an invaluable daily habit. Most successful people have a habit of reading a personal growth or business book for 15-30 minutes a day. Reading will help push your through tough times and teach you how to change your mindset to a success mindset. Entrepreneurship requires a unique learning process.  As your business grows you will need to grow and the best way to grow is through personal growth.

Here are some of my favorite books.     

The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs  by Hal Elrod and Cameron Herold

This is a great book that gives six daily practices to maintain positive change in your life. These daily practices help you keep the balance between your personal and business life. You learn that taking care of yourself and having balance is essential for success and happiness. If you don’t take care of yourself then your business suffers.

Favorite Quote-“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to wait for the latter to do the former.”

7 Habits of Highly Effective People By Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey, a respected leadership authority, gives a blueprint on how to balance your personal and professional together. If you are looking for a way to be more effective at home and at work, this is a great book. He uses examples that are business and from family situations.

Covey teaches “Put First Things First” When I first read this book I worked full time and had 2 small children. Planning my weeks so that I was putting my most important things done was key to keeping me sane and making progress toward my goals.

This is a book that you will want to reread every year.  

Favorite  Quote”The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities”

The Power of Habit by Charles  Duhigg

Duhigg explains the positive impact habits can have on our productivity, happiness and relationships. He explains why habits exist and how you can change them. He discusses the science behind habits and how they can rewire your brain.

Favorite Quote- “The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit.

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

If you have a hobby that you wish you could do all day then this is the time to Crush It. It is time to cash in on your passion and make a living doing what you love. If you want to translate your love into an online business this book is a must read. He explains how important it is to develop a personal brand. 

Favorite Quote – “Love your family, work super hard, live your passion.”

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership By John Maxwell

John Maxwell has written over 25 books on leadership and has trained leaders in many countries. In this book he gives you the key to being a successful leader. He compiled the top leadership skills he has learned over the years teaching leadership.  He has interviewed leaders in all industries and the lessons he has learned. If you want to lead others this book is a must.

Biggest take away- People will follow who they know and trust. In business people will buy from who they know and trust.    

Favorite Quote

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Good relationships are the foundation of a successful business, and that’s what makes this book a great read for small business owners. You’ll learn techniques for enhancing both professional and personal relationships while increasing your self-esteem.

Favorite Quote-If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. 

Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

As one of the best-selling self-help books of all time, first written in 1937, Napoleon Hill continues challenge readers to improve their lives — and their businesses — through positive thinking. Anything your mind can conceive and believe- you can achieve.

Favorite Quote-  “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”  

What book should I add to this list?

Tell me why you love it?

 

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