Updated: Nov 16, 2020
“You need to push yourself, you need to test yourself, you need to get out of your comfort zone.” How many times have you heard that? What does that really mean to most people?
It means to put yourself at risk, to make yourself feel uncomfortable, to put yourself in a place where you feel less than confident, less than competent.
And for WHAT exactly?
Have you ever met anyone who continually puts themselves at risk, continually makes themselves uncomfortable, that has done anything extraordinary?
We all know what happens if you HAVE to do something that makes you feel bad or uncomfortable all the time.
You quit! It’s human nature, isn’t it?
Expand Your Comfort Zone by "Working WITHIN It"
Rather than trying to get out of your comfort zone, doing the opposite produces outstanding results in any field of endeavor you care to mention.
Take anyone who is at the top of their game.
Let’s look at Usain Bolt, for example. At the time, he’s known as the fastest human being on the planet. Did he ever get out of his comfort zone? No!
If, when he was a young college student, he had entered the Olympics, he would have suffered inevitable defeat, time and time again. I know that, you know that, and he knew it too. It’s common sense.
So, what did he do? 🤔
He realized that he could run pretty fast at an early age. Someone introduced him to a Running Coach, who did what?
The coach suggested that he practice.
Usain practiced...first weekly, then daily, and he got faster.
As his speed increased, so did his confidence. His Coach entered him into a race. He won and his confidence increased even more. He practiced more often, with more intensity. The results kept coming, and his confidence and competence increased proportionately.
He continued to practice, but with more focus and discipline. He won State and National races and eventually he emerged on the International circuit. He continued to practice and maintain his training discipline. He got faster, and as he did, his confidence and competence continued to grow.
Then, when the Olympics rolled around this time, he shocked the whole world, and especially his competitors, with his blistering speed. The rest, as they say, is history. Not once did he “get out of his comfort zone.” Not once did he put himself at risk or make himself feel uncomfortable. What would be the point?
Everything he did was WITHIN his comfort zone, which increased his level of confidence and competence. That was brought about by practice in the right environment with the right kind of support.
Practice, Practice, Practice
This Process Works!
You can pick anyone you want who is an acknowledged expert in their field, at the top of their game, or has expertise that people look up to. None of them needed to put themselves at risk, feel vulnerable, or make themselves feel bad to get to where they are today. They just didn’t.
What they ALL did was to bring what they needed to improve INSIDE their comfort zone and expanded it from within, and they ALL had a Coach.
Think for yourself. Let your intuition be your guide. Just because someone says something, it doesn’t make it true and certainly doesn’t make it true for you.
Practice, be focused, and be disciplined. And get yourself a Coach. It will be the very best decision you can make if you want to get REALLY good at what you do.
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All in Excellence,
- Jordan Mossman