“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Clients often tell me "I'm in a comfort zone and I don't know how to get out".  Well they have come to the right place as this is something I work on with most coaching clients.
We often realise that something has got to change, our careers have become stagnant, we may have inner frustrations or feel like we are on automatic pilot in our daily lives. However fear of failure or a lack of confidence in our abilities keeps us stuck inside our comfort zone. We often choose to stay within a zone that is familiar to us, one where we know what to expect. But the question is "what are you saying NO to by staying inside your comfort zone?".
A big fear for many people is dealing with the "unknown", not knowing what to expect is something most of us are faced with at some stage in our careers and lives.  When my clients are dealing with an unfamiliar situation, I encourage them to practice the following; at first keep it simple and make just one simple change every day - in 30 days you've made 30 changes, in 60 days that's 60 changes and in 3mts you've made almost 100 changes to your current situation, that's got to make a difference! Little by little they become more knowledgeable about the unfamiliar situation. Each day they learn something they didn't know the previous day. For example rather than spending hours alone researching on the internet try speaking to someone who can share their expertise and provide specific information. This way you close a knowledge gap, widen your network and it can be a more effective use of your time. Clients who commit to this one step every day tell me how their confidence grows, their fear diminishes and they are excited by the progress they make. Where once they felt overwhelmed, stretched and challenged by their goals, they begin to see how consistent steps taken on a regular basis builds a steady momentum. They feel more confident in their abilities and become more creative in their approach to challenges. Perhaps it's taking on additional responsibility at work, where once you refused you now see it as a route to more opportunity or by getting more involved in an outdoor activity you will increase your health & fitness or widen your social circles. Successful people step outside their comfort zone, experiment with new ideas and take small steps every day (short-term goals), which brings them closer to long-term fulfillment. The first step is to start moving out of your comfort zone and into one that may initially feel more scary, yet in reality it's far more exciting!
Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone? What are you going to do & when are you going to do it? 

The Comfort Zone
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission cheques and such.
I claimed to be so busy with things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile;
Success is there for you!

                                                                                    Author Unknown

 "Coaching for Career & Life Success"


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