Let’s face it, most of us are creatures of habit. People like to feel secure and this is why many stay in their comfort zones. It’s safe there. But this is also why many people never experience their full potential.
Have a close look at your situation. Be honest. If sticking in your comfort zone interferes with your growth and development and if it hinders reaching your goals, and if very little has changed for you in the past 5 to 10 years, it’s time for a change!
You can start with simple things to get you used to “change”. Examples: Change your routines. Take a different route to work. Shop at a different mall. Change your style. Change what you “usually” eat for breakfast. Find new ways of doing things. Be a new you. Here are some more tips:
Get a Hobby. Don’t let life consist only of work and sleep. Find time for pleasurable pastimes. Be creative. Dancing? Amateur theatre? Wining/dining? Sporting club? Cooking? Fishing? Do volunteer work. Join a committee. Get out there and participate in life.
Freshen Your Relationships. Get to know new people who can introduce you to new activities.
Be spontaneous! Do something different and unexpected or unplanned. It will feel like you’ve had a holiday and you’ll go home refreshed. Do something on the spur of the moment.
Expand Yourself at Work. Let your Boss know you’re ready, willing and able to take on new responsibilities. Ask him how you can enrich your position by either changing some of the things you do or adding something new and interesting.
Be a “new dog”! Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Learn new skills that can help you at work or enable you to participate in new hobbies and meet new people.
Look After Yourself. If you are what you eat, what are you eating and when you look in the mirror what does it say about your diet? Do you need to eat more healthily? Look online for healthy meal suggestions. Add healthy vegetables and fruits to your daily eating pattern. Replace cakes and biscuits with fresh fruit. Limit take-out to once a month instead of once a day or once a week. Drink more water. Instead of reaching for that mid morning chocolate bar, try a healthy muesli snack or some almonds.
Exercise. Even if you are slim, trim and terrific, your body needs exercise to stay that way and to keep fit and healthy. You don’t have to go to a gym or take up jogging… a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day will do it for many people, especially if they work long hours or have other commitments that prevent regular exercise or sport.
You may find other ways to get you out of your rut and out of your comfort zone. Don’t let any one particular idea consume you or take over your life. It should be about balance. You don’t have to change everything… start small… let your goal be than in 12 months time you will look back and can trace your development and growth and know you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and really lived!
Business mentor Terri Levine specializes in helping entrepreneur-owned businesses achieve record-breaking growth. Based in Philadelphia, Terri is founder and CEO of Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc., The Professional’s Coach Training Program. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC, and in more than 1,500 publications. She is the best-selling author of Sell Without Selling, Coaching Is for Everyone and Stop Managing Start Coaching. Learn more at http://www.TerriLevine.com. Contact Terri at [email protected]