EVEN WITHOUT THE FEAR AND ANXIETY, WOULD THIS BE SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO DO?Andy Molinsky
A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
Sure. Feeling safe and at ease is great and all, but what goals have you ever achieved by staying in your comfort zone??
We’re willing to bet on not many at all.
Nobody ever achieves much by staying in their comfort zone.
Well, achieving goals requires you to aim for something just a little bit out of your reach.
Having a goal makes you look forward to something attainable that may not be in your comfort zone (at the moment).
Then the question of how to get out of your comfort zone comes up.
When it comes to career change, more likely than not you’ll be faced with the choice to break out of your comfort zone to progress down a new path that may be full of unknowns.
For instance, in order to continue down your new career path you may need to put yourself out there to learn more about a new industry by attending networking events or making cold calls to connect with new people from an organization that you want to work in and that may be something you’re not comfortable or experienced in.
Or maybe during an interview you’re asked to present a project plan and you hate public speaking, or you have a new role at a company and you’re asked to participate in meetings when you’re more of an observant introvert…it can be anything, it’s a challenge for many of us to get out of our comfort zones.
Before we get to solution, let’s first address the issue of why it is so hard for many of us to reach out of our comfort zones.
WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM BREAKING THROUGH YOUR COMFORT ZONE TO REACH YOUR GOALS?
There are 5 psychological road blocks that stand in our way to break through the barriers of our comfort zones.
When we are able to identify and understand what is holding us back, we can embrace those reasons and begin to open the door to dip our toes into situations that stretch our comfort levels.
Many people may feel like some situations that require them to step out of their comfort zones make them feel like that isn’t who they truly are and are left feeling like a poser.
Oftentimes we may worry that people won’t like this ‘new’ version of ourselves. Maybe you won’t like who you have to become when you step out of your comfort zone.
We may doubt our own abilities when we decide to stretch beyond what we know. The doubts then turn to self-sabotaging thoughts of looking like a fool.
We can get annoyed and frustrated at the fact that we are even asked to reach beyond our comfort. You may think, “Why can’t I just do good work? Why don’t my qualities/qualifications work? Why do I even need to step out of my comfort zone at all?”
Sometimes we may get the sense that leaving our comfort zone just feels wrong. It begins to feel like you’re going in a direction that bumps up against your own moral compass.
HOW DO YOU WORK THROUGH THESE PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS?
If you’re feeling any of these feelings when you are in a situation that requires you to try something new outside of what you’ve always been comfortable with, it is okay.
Acknowledge that leaving the known for something new can be nerve-wrecking for anyone.
Don’t panic. Move on to the next step of breaking down the fear and anxiety that begins to creep in by determining if is this new situation is going to be worth your effort.
HOW TO TELL WHEN YOU NEED TO REACH OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE? WHEN IS IT WORTH IT?
Evaluate your outcome
Ask yourself: Would this be something that I would like to be able to do?
If it is something that you REALLY want to do, then it is valuable and worth it to step outside of your comfort zone.
If it isn’t really your thing even without the worry and anxiety, then that is a fine conclusion. But don’t rule out moving forward completely.
Maybe this new situation just requires you to find someone else to help you work on whatever skill you need to grow.
This will help you stretch out of your comfort zone to add to your life experience, so down the road you’ll be able to achieve more, if that’s where your path leads you.
HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Identify and Embrace Your Conviction (Your sense of purpose/drive)
Why is it worth it to you?
It can be professional – something that you’ve always wanted to do or work on. Or your conviction can be personal – making a difference in the world.
When you take the time to really identify what is driving you to make a decision to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be able to weigh your options on whether or not this is something that you really want to pursue.
You can take any situation that you’re uncomfortable with and put your own style/spin to it to fit you specifically.
For example, if you struggle with sales – selling a product or selling your skills and knowledge during a networking event, do whatever you can to make it feel more authentic to you.
You can change the language of your pitch that feels right for you.
What we have found in our coaching is that many people are stuck in their own self-limitations AKA comfort zones because they can’t quite figure out how to get a solid footing in the direction they want to take their career.
They box themselves in their comfort zones and lose sight of their drive to change their situations.
Our world-class coaches are one of the many resources that can help guide you along your career transition from the beginning to help you identify your career path. Our coaches will be there to provide you with the support you need every step of the way, even when you hit a psychological roadblock.
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