When my children were younger, I was like the mother eagle always nudging them out of their nest...or in other words, their comfort zone. I now try to do that very same thing with the people I coach. I try to encourage them, even pushing them at times to do things that feel like a risk or challenge them. Because I know that as they try things that were hard or uncomfortable, that soon those things would become easy and even a habit.
Hard things, done over and over again, become easy! And as they become easy, then confidence to do harder things grows.
So we all want larger comfort zones right? We all want the ability to act and reach out to people and opportunities when they come our way. But sometimes we just don't have the confidence to do that. So the first thing you want to do is to train your brain to think bigger.
You are capable of far more than you give yourself credit for. The more you risk and step out of your comfort zone, the more you will see yourself capable of. As you try small things you will build your confidence to try bigger things.
Here are four strategies for you to start expanding your comfort zone:
1.Pick one small thing each day that scares you... just a little. Make a call, share something you know with someone you don't know, ask a question of someone you admire.
2. Ask for what you desire. Commit yourself daily to ask for what you desire. With whatever it is you want...an appointment, a contract, a sale, a new recruit, or even some simple advice. IF YOU DO NOT ASK THE ANSWER IS AUTOMATICALLY "NO", so you might as well give it a try.
3. Reach out to people and do the next thing that feels like a risk to YOU. Start with saying hi to everyone you see, whether you know them or not. On the streets, while networking or in a meeting, even while you're shopping. As this become comfortable start giving people compliments. As that gets more comfortable then the next step is to start a conversation about "something" with the people you meet. As you work through these steps over and over again, meeting and talking with new people is going to become very easy for you. And you will be amazed at the results you get!
4. Keep track of the risks that you take daily. This will help you too. You will begin to realize that the more risks you take the more confidence you feel and the more success you have. As you look back at the risks you've written down you'll realize how far you've come. And just like I said before, the things that you thought were hard, have now become easy.
When you start making it a habit of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you will see the magic happen. Hard things become easy, boldness becomes a habit, and you will have the confidence to take your business and your life to the next level.