Winners operate uncomfortably!
If you spend your life inside the comfort zone, you give up all of the beauty that was intended for you. Winners kick down the walls of their comfort zone, jump into the unknown, and live a life that others admire from inside the walls of their own comfort zones. Get to kickin’!
"I am just not comfortable asking people for money."
"I am not comfortable in front of a group."
"I am not comfortable with taking risks in business."
Whatever phrase a person uses to explain why they didn’t take action, you can bet that it actually comes back to whether or not they are willing to operate outside of their comfort zone. In this life, you can either have your excuses in the zone, or your success beyond the zone. Regardless of the excuse one chooses, the lack of success still remains. In order to be successful, you have to learn to act in spite of your desire for comfort.
I can hear myself talking, in my own head about how I don't want to be seen as pushy. I have used that excuse in order to not promote what I do repeatedly. When I realize what I am doing, in sabotaging my own success, I stop myself and reframe the thought. Instead of saying I don't want to be pushy, I ask whether or not I have something of value to offer. If the answer is truly yes, which it is, then I try to imagine how I would feel if someone had the answer to my challenges in business, yet refused to give them to me. Even if they were uncomfortable, I would be angry about them holding back. I would be annoyed if my problems could be solved with new information or training, yet the person who had the answers did not value me enough to share them.
More than anything, when a person is learning to operate outside of their normal comfort zone, they need to be able to see the situation in a new light. Reframing your thoughts allows you to take a different perspective and see how you really can help another person. Varying your perspective puts you in a position to be helpful when you might have been withdrawn, to be of value when you might have been silent. Taking the risk makes the possibility of reward exist. Avoiding the risk simply keeps you away from success even being on the radar. Your life is simply a series of choices. You choose to act or to withdraw. You choose to jump out and do something that might be incredible, or you choose to play it safe. Nobody around you is making that choice. You, and you alone, are making choices for your life. I want to encourage you to find one area that is outside of your comfort zone that you can look at differently today. Find that area and step right into it. Step in and take some action that you would normally not take. Move your life forward! After all, everything that you want is sitting just on the other side of your comfort zone. Go get ‘em!
I believe in you!
Keynote Speaker, Author, Trainer
I haven't played a lot of golf in my life, at least not compared to many of my friends. I have, however, played. About 10 years ago, I purchased a set of clubs that someone had returned to a local store. They were on clearance for under $100 because they did not originate at the store and they did not stock them in the store. I bought the clubs and went to the driving range. I was okay at golf. Mostly, I served as a motivator, encourager, and humorist for the people around I would play with. I wasn't trying to go pro. I simply wanted to play in scrambles with some cool people.
A few times over the years, I have grabbed a club from someone that I was playing with and tried out what "nice clubs" felt like. They felt good and I was able to hit the ball much better. I recently purchased a set of clubs from a friend of mine that used to work at a Country Club. I went to the driving range and took a great player with me. The clubs hit great, but the big difference was in the little tweaks to the way that I hit. I learned some techniques for club grip, stance, and posture. I learned about what the motion should feel like, and how to keep control of myself.
The end result was going from around 100 to 150 yards on a drive to over 250. The amazing part was that with just the right techniques, the entire world of golf has begun to change for me. The same is true of leadership. Many of us are playing with old clubs and without the right coaching and training to know how to get the most out of even those. When we begin to reshape our minds with the right information and inputs, we upgrade our thinking. When we combine great training with great coaching, we begin to upgrade our technique on top of our thinking. That is when the magic happens. That is when our drive for success really begins to take flight.
What is it that you are doing to improve your thinking and your technique? What are you doing to consistently develop the thinking and technique of your teams? If you play with old clubs (thinking) and ineffective technique (leadership tactics), you have to work more than twice as hard to get the same business results. Up your game, or achieve more of the same.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.