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Although this is focused on speaking to present and potential clients, I invite you to review a time in your life when you tried something new: maybe driving a car for the first time, down hill skiing, your first serious relationship, or perhaps your first job. Remember your jitters, but also remember the elation you felt when you completed what you wanted even if it wasn’t perfect. It doesn’t have to be!
You began a journey to success with a small beginning that just kept growing.
Why would you choose to go into discomfort?
Peter McWilliams spoke from experience when he reminded readers that
“To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” He went on to state that
“Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”
If you have read this far my guess is that you already realize that what you are doing right now is not enough to achieve your dreams.
To gain more recognition, clients, financial returns you need to choose a venue that in the process of rewarding you will also challenge your comfort levels. Only you can determine the degree of discomfort you are willing to accept to gain what you want .
You know that as you move beyond the familiar you will enter the wonderfully new and exciting world of Possibilities.
Those who know you well believe you are stronger, wiser and more talented than you give yourself credit for. It is only your own self doubts that hold you back. You are smart enough and strong enough to explore a new area of growth and to reinforce the beliefs of not only those who care about you but your own image of yourself.
How do you expand your comfort zones?
Recently I approached a group outside my city to inquire about speaking. Despite my experience in my own city I felt some nervousness about speaking to a new audience in a new setting . The nervousness kept coming and going. “Better practise what I advise others to do”, I said to myself.
- Picture the new group responding positively to your message.
- Brighten your topic to include humor, props, visual material.
- Increase your speaking fee to reflect the greater value you plan to bring to the group and/or your recognition of the value you bring always. If this is a “no fee” occasion remind yourself of the value you bring with a bright flyer/poster and a promise to return with another “for fee” project.
- Wear something comfortable but special to mark this occasion.
- Invite a trusted friend to take photos and add moral support.
It helped me.
What’s in “discomfort for you?
- Advanced marketing to a wider audience
- Excitement of meeting the challenge
- Movement out of the rut of comfort and into the thrill of stretching your self.
- The thrill of spreading your wings to fly higher and farther than you ever have before .
- “ We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! we can learn to fly!”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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