I have a confession to make. I’m leaving my comfort zone.
I’m getting business coaching, and it is going well. But it’s also challenging me. That’s an understatement, it’s pushing me around, at times making me feel like a complete newbie, or a rebellious three-year old. Sometimes it feels like I’ve conquered Everest. It depends on the day.
And this is normal. Doing new things, building new skills, or re-learning better ways to do old things is not easy. I’ve had to confront my comfort zone many times (and I’m probably not done yet).
If you’re like me, you may only leave your comfort zone kicking and screaming. Something I’ve had to develop is a different mindset towards my comfort zone. The interesting thing I’m discovering is I’m open and curious about change (trying something new, switching things up, being curious). BUT, if I need to leave my comfort zone, that’s when the fight starts.
Can you relate?
A professional comfort zone is the place where you perform your role free of anxiety or fear because you know what you’re doing, and what to expect, at work. It’s not the same as confidence, but confidence lives here, making it hard to leave this oasis.
The thing is your career only continues to thrive if you choose to leave your comfort zone regularly. If you aren’t embracing both welcome and unwelcome change in your work, you get bored …your skills go stale. You become less relevant to your employer and may not have the resilience to make changes your employer needs (or be able to find a better job for yourself that gets your professional motor running).
Here are 8 strategies to challenge your comfort zone mindset so you can have your dream career:
Comfort zones must be pushed, shaped and grown to give you everything you need to enjoy your career. Like other living things, comfort zones need your attention every day – but that doesn’t always mean facing fear.
Comfort zones also grow through fun, playfulness, and joy. Things like trying new foods, travel, reading a new author or just doing nothing at all (try doing nothing, I bet your comfort zone gives you a fight).
Your comfort zone mindset is key to your future; it’ll either propel you forward or hold you back. Which one supports where you are going in your career?