How to break out of your comfort zone – 7 Tips that can change your life & business
When you are starting a new business, you will constantly need to learn new skills and tackle lots of issues that you’ve never dealt with before.
It’s fair to say that as a small business owner you will spend the majority of your time well outside of your comfort zone, so to be successful you’ll need to be adept at breaking new ground.
A desire to stay on familiar ground can hold you back in business, so here are 7 tips that can help you break out of your comfort zone.
“I go to work, I earn my Bread, I watch TV and go to bed,
Sunrise sunset – year to year, before I know it, winter’s here.”
Most people stay in their comfort zone in life, because it feels normal and they are fearful of change, embarrassment and failure. The majority therefore accept a life that isn’t great, and deep down believe that dreams, goals, and desires will only cause pain so in many cases they say, “Why bother, it will not work, every time I have done this it has failed.”
I believe that a desire to stay in your comfort zone goes hand-in-hand with a fear of failure. If you knew that you could not fail, would you do something differently? I am sure you would.
To help you on your way, here are seven tips to help you break out from your comfort zone. Some may seem a little off the normal track but I assure they can help you:
1. Stop consuming content and start producing some
Instead of watching TV, YouTube or other media why not produce something yourself and put it out there. If you get good feedback it will boost your confidence and maybe even the start of a new career, and if you get some negative feedback, well it will thicken your skin! Why not post something on WordPress,Twitter, Linkedin?
2. Learn a new word everyday
Learn a new word every day, in your own language or a new language and aim to include it in your everyday conversation. As well getting your brain working it’s another small way of stepping outside your comfort zone and making a positive change to your normal patterns. If you can learn two new words a day let’s say in Spanish you will be amazed with 730 words and fair amount of words that are the same as English that you can actually have a decent conversation.
3. Find a positive role model or association
Many individuals find it easier to tackle new things if they have a role model or a good association to help them. For example, many struggle with losing weight and find attending groups such as WeightWatchers really helps. You may also find that having someone alongside you can help when starting something new.
4. Get a makeover
A makeover for men or women can give you that extra confidence and establish a new you, a new start. Changing your hairstyle, makeup, clothing can give others a different perspective. If you wear glasses, choosing a new style or shape can give a dramatically different look to your face.
5. Take it a bite at a time – chunk it down
Many tend to look at the end goal and get put off as it’s just too much of a change. However, if you can divide the task down in to small steps, you’ll find it much easier to tackle.
Take, for instance, writing a 300 page book, it may sound like a massive undertaking but chunk it down to one page a day and it doesn’t seem as daunting.
6. Talk to someone outside your industry or normal work colleagues
Being in your comfort zone it’s easy to associate and talk to the same people you know, about the same things and normally in the same industry, but why not step out and talk to someone else from another department or industry? Who knows where it may lead, and again, it’s building up your confidence.
7. Set a deadline to act or achieve a goal by and set a reward
Many set New Year resolutions, but what stops you setting a birthday resolution or any other date to act as a goal to work towards? You can also set a reward. Personally I think September is a good time to set goals, it’s the start of the scholastic and the last quarter and you can use the year end as a focus point, so between now and year end I must achieve X.
People frequently fall into a comfort zone both at work and in a personal life because they have no urgency and fall victim to what is known as “Parkinson’s law” where the time they tasks to complete a job is stretched out to fill the time available, even if it could be done quicker. Setting deadlines will stop you from falling prey to this.
In life it is often said that we will regret the things that we did not do rather than the things we did that did not work out. Take action today and start achieving more by moving out of your comfort zone.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”
About the author
Vince Stanzione is a self-made multi-millionaire entrepreneur, investor and author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Millionaire Dropout – fire your boss, do what you love & reclaim your life. See Amazon