Staying in your comfort zone is easy. Everyone is there, because it is so cosy.
Leap into 2018 and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Limited growth and learning can happen when you are in your comfort zone. Reject the comfort zone, and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.The only career goal you need for 2018. Get Comfortable with being uncomfortable Click To Tweet
That drive in your belly when you feel ‘uh oh, I need to learn that,’ that is a good thing! That is where learning and growth happens.
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How to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
One of key things holding you back is waiting for the right moment to begin. There is no right moment. Identify the first action you need to take to get started with what you want to do and just do it. Take action now. Have a bias for action, always.
Do you know the difference between yourself and the person you admire who is kicking ass and taking names? They are not necessarily smarter than you, or more creative than you. They were more action-oriented than you are right now.
Let go of perfection.
I cannot stress enough how debilitating the pursuit of perfection is. There is no such thing. Instead take action with what you have now, today, and adjust along the way.Action and progress today is better than perfection in some undetermined future. Click To Tweet
Push yourself to take the next step
Learning and trying out something new is hard. The reality is that things worthwhile in life is HARD.
Even when it feels hard to go on. Even when it feels like so much hard work. The voice inside your head is telling you to quit. That it is just not worth the effort.
Take a step back and identify the next action.
Only one next action. And do that. Then again and again. By setting little goals, you can push through.
No one knows everything. The new world is evolving too fast for anyone to be a multi-year expert in anything. We can all learn.The world is moving so fast - that means that the playing field has equaled. Lean in and learn something new Click To Tweet
Find your tribe
Experimenting with a new venture or learning path, will attract naysayers. It will be your responsibility to find yourself like-minded people and surround yourself with them.
Remember when people are judging you, it’s about them and their own self-doubt. Not about you.
Prepare and then fake it.
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Then fake it. No one knows what the hell is going on with everything. If you are the one who knows what is going on all the time, you need to question that and disrupt yourself.
Go the extra mile; it is never crowded. If you go the extra mile and you are prepared, you will not be faking it for long. You will be growing and learning.
Don’t let fear of the unknown paralyze you.
Make a decision and lean into that decision. So many times, people play around with ideas in their head. Wanting to start a business, apply for a new job, or pick up their studies. However, the never take the first step because they are paralyzed by the fear of the unknown and the decision is never made.
We will never know the answers. To grow and learn we need to be able to cope with uncertainty and become uncomfortable.
What is your commitment to yourself in 2018?
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