Need to move forward? Then step outside your comfort zone

Change often makes people feel uncomfortable.  And that’s a good thing.  If you are not feeling some form of discomfort then you aren’t changing.

To change means to do something different.  To learn something new.  To become something different.

There are many types and degrees of change.

What is common is that all change involves some form of risk.  The amount of risk varies, just as everyone’s appetite for risk varies.

Some people embrace risk.  It’s like they’re starving for it.  At the other extreme, there are people who avoid risk.  They’re not hungry at all.

People also approach change at a different pace.  Some people find change relatively easy.  They are eager for it and they have wide zone of comfort for change.  Whilst other people find change hard.   They shy away from change and have a low zone of comfort for change.

Do you know your appetite and comfort zone for change?

By building your understanding it becomes easier to know how to best move forward with change.  You’ll be able to build capabilities that extends your comfort zone and also increases your risk appetite, so that you can approach the change with determination.

From there, you’ll be able to better face into the challenges of change head on, and make strong and lasting headway.

The first step in this process is simple.  It’s to start.

As American author, Harold Blake Walker, noted, “The only true failure lies in failure to start”.

With every change there are ways to break the challenge down into smaller, more manageable elements.  Once you’ve broken it down, it is easier to develop a plan of attack that accounts for your risk appetite and comfort zone.

You’ll also have identified the first step that you need to take.  So, identify it.  And then take that first step.  And then the second step…third step…and onwards!

Remember, change happens.  So make it work for you.

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