We normally avoid stuff that is unfamiliar to us. If we embrace it, by learning about it and making it something we are adept at, we will be more willing to minimize our discomfort and make the activity/task palpable and even enjoyable. To borrow a saying from a children’s book: It’s easy when you know how to do it.
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We tend to avoid situations that test us, or are terrifying personally, even though they may be necessary or required professionally. Unpleasant tasks are often required for us to get ahead in life.
Without the skill or courage to handle such tasks, we miss out on opportunities of advancing in our lives.
To get rid of our fear and anxiety, it is important to take the plunge. What we fear is mostly smoke and mirrors, something that was bothering us psychologically but had no substance. When we take the plunge, we dispel the self-belief that the task is impossible.
In the case of public speaking, we need to build our confidence by taking the plunge, initially with a small audience, and gradually building it. Start with small steps. It is ok if you stumble.
You will come out a different person when you accomplish what you fear.
Be realistic and concrete when setting goals. Success does not come from setting abstract goals. If you know where you’re heading, that is a success in itself, even if you don’t ultimately arrive to the planned destination.
Every time you take a risk in your business, you face the possibility of failure.
Improv, a theatrical exercise where you improvise a scene with a group of people, essentially mirrors that experience. You have to get used to change fast.
Escaping from your comfort zone is a necessity in order to rise above the masses. Even though your daily routine feels safe and pleasant, that doesn’t mean it’s beneficial. In fact, the safer you feel, the less likely you’ll do anything to make progress .
A comfort zone isn’t a place—it’s the habit of avoiding new things or taking any risks. However,life rewards those who push their boundaries and take chances.
Successful people accept that sometimes they’ll feel the pain of falling short, but they know the reward is worth it. Furthermore, their experiences turn them into a more creative and mentally resilient person. Eventually, they adapt to the struggle, and their comfort zone expands.