The only way to achieve anything great in life is to get uncomfortable
Consider what you had to do to ‘win’ the best things in your life. Occasionally, some of your victories may have been easier than others, but for the most part, there’s no doubt you had to ‘stick your neck out’ and move away from being comfortable.
Are you someone who is filled with dread when asked to present to a room full of strangers? Public speaking is proven to be in the top five on the ‘list of terror’ for many people. Why? Because presenting to a group is a long way from their comfort zone.
This zone of comfort is a place where you feel secure and safe, isn’t it? Somewhat like being snug inside a soft, warm duvet?
Staying within your ‘cocoon’ of comfort means less chance for you to overcome the things that you fear or desire to change.
Step away from your comfort zone
Do you enjoy the feeling of discomfort? Discomfort conjures up images of being hurt or in pain. Awful really. However, as a powerful tool to enable you to face your fears or improve yourself, you must choose to step into the zone of discomfort.
When you do so, you’ll soon realise that the sensation isn’t quite as ‘painful’ as you thought. In fact, you’ll recognise a positive change in yourself, because you have taken a leap of faith.
Begin to stretch your mind and stretch your thinking
Think about what you need to do to stretch yourself to speak in public. Do you need to learn or relearn presentation skills? Do you need to eliminate self limiting beliefs about your own image and how you think others perceive you? Do you require training on how to design an impact speech? All of these opportunities will stretch you and your thinking; moving you away from your comfort zone.
Now stretch your outcome
Let go of your ‘duvet’ and look forward to achieving more from ‘becoming you’ in the discomfort zone. Challenge yourself to move closer to achieving great things in your life!
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