Have you ever thought about a very successful person you admire and how they achieved their successes? Most likely it was by stepping out of their comfort zones and taking risks. Some of the more dramatic examples of stepping out of comfort zones would be swimming with sharks, bungee jumping when you’re afraid of heights or quitting a boring job for a life of adventure.
Other, more subtle examples are what I want to talk about today. The beginning of 2013 is a perfect time to try new things. It’s as if the slate is clean and you can make it what you want.
If you and I want to grow our online businesses in 2013, we’re going to have to wander out of the comfort zones we’ve known as we’ve been busy building our businesses. It’s a little daunting to strike off on new paths – we don’t know the future – and we have a tendency to think if we just carry on the way we are, nothing bad will happen.
But – nothing good will happen either – it might even be detrimental if you’re not keeping up with new ways and new tools that can give you great new opportunities. I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone in 2013 and grow my business in ways I’ve never considered before.
• Push myself to my limits to help more people.
• Try new and different streams of income.
• Publish more videos of myself and also screen capture tutorials.
• Find and implement new ways to build my list and drive traffic to my sites.
Everyone is resistant to change, but throughout the years, I’ve realized that I wouldn’t even be where I am now without having taken a few risks. But, I’ve become complacent in my business ventures. I’m happy and secure in what I do, but I want more for myself, my family — and you.
Of course I’m going to feel anxious and uncomfortable about some of the risks I’ll be taking – especially when I invest hard earned money in an opportunity.
But, I have a set of directives that I’m going to use when I reach a wall. They are:
• Do my best and learn something from each experience.
• Have an open mind about new ways to do business.
• Reach large and intimidating goals by dividing them into small tasks.
• Accept, but overcome my fears. After all, a fear is only a negative thought.
Understanding Your Comfort Zone
To venture out of our comfort zones, we need to understand it more. In my research about comfort zone, I found that we are comfortable when we’re moving within it.
It’s like an old pair of shoes that need to be tossed, but they’re so comfortable.
The New Year might find you wanting to lose weight and become a more fit and healthy person. There’s no way to achieve this goal unless you leave your comfort zone (possibly, the couch) and push your body and your mind.
Here are some ways that might lead you out of the sphere of your comfort zone and help you achieve your goals for 2013:
• Face Your Fears – Whether your fear is failure or lacking knowledge and strength to complete a task, you have to face those fears to grow as a person – and to grow your business to the heights it can reach. You may have to force yourself to the point of discomfort in order to overcome your fears, but it will be worth it.
• Take New and Unknown Paths – It’s fun to learn new ways to do things and learning something new about doing business can be a huge plus to your earning capabilities.
• Make Goals a Part of Your Life – When you become passionate about a goal in your life, you’ll find a way to make it happen. There’s no better way to pull you out of your comfort zone than to have a goal worth reaching.
• Share Ideas with Others – Participating in blogs and forums are great ways to learn about new things that can take your business in a new and profitable direction.
Finally, know that getting out of your comfort zone means that you have to have a dream.
“Remember, a dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” – Denis Waitley
My dream for 2013 is that we can all learn how to leave our comfort zones and take our businesses to new heights. I’ll be writing (and using videos) to share more about what I’m learning that will take us there. Check out Goal Setting and Plan of Action for 2013 – What are your plans for 2013?