How getting out of comfort zone is becoming a need of the hour?
Entrepreneurs have no such thing as a comfort zone. By inclination and temperament, they are itchy and anxious. They don’t like routine and may pursue risk just to break the mold. They do different things, and they do them differently. This is an entrepreneurial age, the age of innovation. Society needs new solutions to old and new problems. It may be that getting out of your comfort zone is becoming the need of the hour.
Stressed or stretched
Everyone feels pressured by work, politics, economy, health, and more. People are stressed and uncomfortable, and they don’t know where to turn. Too often, too many stay put.
As Chuck Blakeman, writing for Inc.com, says, “When we live safe, secure, and stable lives, where every day looks the same, all we ensure is that nothing remarkable happens. When we live stretched out (not stressed out) lives, things that otherwise might seem like a big deal are much more within our grasp. People who live stressed-out lives are always reacting to what others want them to do. People who live stretched-out lives will react quickly when it fits their goals.”
The stretch might be simple. Perhaps, you vacation someplace else this year. Maybe you try a new coffee or switch your brand of beer. You could volunteer at the local library or become a Big Brother or Sister. Or, you could do something physical like gear up for a marathon or learn to ski. It breaks things up, changes the pattern, and cuts into the monotony. It raises the hurdles and challenges your strength and creativity. As you do something new, you change and enlarge yourself. You create new horizons and gain confidence that you can jump higher and farther.
Growth happens outside the comfort zone.
The comfort zone is only an analogy that helps you imagine a place that is safe, steady, and predictable. It’s a place you can feel safe and survive without fear or threat. So, why leave?
How to get out of your comfort zone
Stepping into new skills outside your comfort zone
The business world says there is a shortage of talent. It’s hard to locate local talent, and the talent in pipelines lacks the skills they need. In the words of Natalie Bounassar writing for Entrepreneur.com, “Complacency is dangerous. People must constantly work to challenge themselves, acquire new skills, meet new people and say yes to new experiences.”
Here’s five skills you’ll need to work in the future:
So, if you are wondering how getting out of comfort zone is becoming a need of the hour, think of the words of Margie Warrell, a contributor to Forbes.com: “Throughout our careers we must continually assess whether we are letting our fear of failure or losing face keep us from taking the actions, and engaging in the conversations, that will move us forward and make the impact we want.”
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