Stretching Out Of Your Comfort Zone to Succeed

Most of us are creatures of habit and don’t like change. Change can be scary. But change is also a great opportunity for growth. When you have to make a change and do things differently, it doesn’t feel good, especially when you have been comfortable with the way things are, even if it is not good for you. Examples of this include having to change your work strategy, job, co-workers or business partner.

What I have found about having to make change is that it makes me really look at what is important to me and what is not. There are things about the change that I definitely like and want to keep, and things that I definitely do not like and do not want to keep. It puts me right smack in the middle of myself because it forces me to see that which I value and that which I can let go of.

If you can see change as an opportunity to clarify your goals and dreams and values, then it is of great value, especially when you know that the change is necessary for business satisfaction and success. Those who have made their dreams happen, do it from trial and error and from making changes and risking failure. We learn from our mistakes. That is not to say that change is easy. It isn’t. It’s much more comfortable to stay with what is familiar. The saying, “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” could be rephrased to say, “the devil you know is preventing you from the good you don’t know yet.”

How many people do you read about who have gone from failing relationships, jobs, health, and self-esteem to lives that are thriving? There are many, and I interview them on my radio shows. My advice on this is to give yourself credit for the bold steps you take to break away from what is comfortable but not working in your life. You need to take baby steps and acknowledge each and every one of them. It’s like climbing a mountain. If you look at the top from the bottom, the climb seems insurmountable. But if you take each step steadily, pause in the process and keep going, it’s amazing how far you have come when you look back.

Acknowledgement of yourself and your progress is vital. The foundation is built upon your own self-esteem and worth. Without that, the foundation crumbles. You need to think things out, weigh possibilities and alternatives and foresee consequences. Then, you can make a clear decision based on the information you have now, not tomorrow, and then you can proceed without looking back.

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