BK’S ROOFTOP FATBURN™ Wednesday’s 5:30am 100 Oceangate Long Beach CA 6th level of parking structure Rsvp today… right now! 909-275-8679
10 Ways to Overcome Fear and Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Fear is a natural and essential part of growth. Every time we consciously choose to step outside of our comfort zone, the next uncomfortable thing becomes a little bit easier.
We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council how they take those small but powerful daily steps. Here’s what they said.
1. Take nothing for granted.
I’ve learned a lot through suffering, as much as I have through success. And I’m grateful for the suffering the most. Going through a divorce, splitting ways with a wayward business partner, working to the point of sickness… you name it. Suffering has led me to a place where I try to take nothing for granted. When you avoid taking your business and relationships for granted, it’s much harder to be complacent.
—Robby Berthume, Bull & Beard
2. Switch up your routine.
Routines are as much about comfort as they are about efficiency. Each day, I switch up my routine in small but meaningful ways. I’ll walk a new route to work, stop for lunch at different times of the day and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Small shake-ups in my routine lead to meeting new people and seeing different sights, which help kick-start ideas for both my work and personal life.
—Kim Kaupe, ZinePak
3. Move toward your fears.
I found that the things I’m afraid to do are often the things that have the greatest potential to expand my life. Now when I feel fear, it’s usually an indicator that I need to do that thing I’m afraid of. Making a commitment to lean into that each day has been really uncomfortable at times, but it has also been responsible for a lot of great memories and a deep level of personal satisfaction.
—Mark Krassner, Expectful
4. Give up control.
It might not be an everyday thing, but giving up bits of control of my company takes me out of my comfort zone. Hiring someone to run our social media, delegating new inquiries to speak to someone on my staff or letting my employees take the lead on client projects have all taken me out of my comfort zone, which is important.
—Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR
5. Try something new until you feel comfortable.
Anything that I struggle with, I keep trying different approaches until I’m no longer scared of it. Sometimes it takes a while to get comfortable, so I try different approaches daily, or just keep at it until it becomes comfortable. Then I move to the next uncomfortable thing.
—Drew Hendricks, Buttercup
6. Ask the questions other people don’t like to.
I want to know what’s up with my employees, customers and everything going on in between. This means having frequent and open conversations with my employees and getting customers on the phone to find out how they liked their experiences with my business. I ask tough questions to address real issues and promote growth for my business.
—Zev Herman, Superior Lighting
7. Start conversations with strangers.
I really enjoy talking to people, and I’ve found that striking up a conversation with the person next to me, while I’m waiting for transportation or enjoying a meal at a lunch place’s bar seating, is a great way to overcome shyness with new people. It’s also a good way to learn amazing things about the world and the people in it.
—Matt Doyle, Excel Builders
8. Agree to something you wouldn’t normally consider.
Sometimes when someone offers me something that I would normally refuse, I like to surprise myself by saying yes, whether it is something business-related, like trying a new strategy, or accepting an invitation to join an amateur sports team on the weekend. Even if it doesn’t work out, I always learn something from the experience.
—Russell Kommer, eSoftware Associates Inc
9. Get in front of the camera.
I get in front of the camera on a daily basis. Creating videos always challenges me to present information in the best way possible, step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there on the internet. Whether it’s on marketing growth hacks or tutorials on how to use my software, my goal at the end of the day is to educate consumers even if that means getting a little uncomfortable.
—Solomon Thimothy, OneIMS
10. Keep a list of growth goals.
I keep a list of growth goals. Things like “practice public speaking,” “take a risk,” “explore a new and strange idea.” I keep the list close by, and I always try to read it at the end of the day. Because I got into the habit of reading the list, I know I’ll be accountable to it. It forces me to take these steps during the day.
Every Sunday evening, a sense of impending doom starts to mount as you realise that it’s Monday soon.
An entire week stretches before you, that you have no choice but to get through, somehow, before you can enjoy the delicious freedom each weekend brings.
However, every day is a chance to be positive and achieve great things, if you put your mind to it.Getting motivated to get your week off to a good start can be hard – the alarm that buzzes next to your head in the morning doesn’t exactly get you in the mood to make the most of your Monday.
Here are the best quotes and images to motivate you and help you realise that Mondays don’t have to be as bad as you think.
Keep this in mind whenever you think about what you are now and what you are aspiring to be in the future.
Being yourself is something that only you can do and be on a daily basis. Despite the fact that there is at least one person who wants to be you and have at least a portion on what you have, there is nobody like you in the world. Whether you can see that now or not depends on how you see your life at this point.
Today’s inspiration is about learning to appreciate what you are and how to keep on fighting for what you want to be. There will be times where it is not easy to do either one or both, but if you apply the tools that will be given in this post, you will be able to overcome such moments and keep the fight going for yourself.
WHY ARE YOU NOT THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOW?
The answers to this question will vary depending on the circumstances. Here are three facts for you to consider:
- What you are in your life is a result of the decisions that you, your parents, and other people whom have received permission to do so over time have made from birth until today.
- If you are constantly finding faults with what you are, you can never find the positives to be appreciative about.
- There is at least one person in the world who is thankful for what you are and/or who wants to be what you are right now.
It may not be at times to appreciate what you are to yourself or someone else, but know that there no price tag you can place on what you mean not only to yourself, but to at least one other person in the world.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOW?
As I have mentioned in the last question, there is no price tag you can place on your value to yourself and at least one other person. You may or may not have a variety of reasons to be thankful for what you are right now, but I want to share with you why I know you should be thankful for what you are now:
- Because you are always one bad decision from not being what you are right now, yet you continue to make enough good decisions to be where you are right now.
- Nobody else could have gone through the ups and downs that you have and still be standing like you are today. In my eyes, your life story is a true inspiration!
- Being that you are not one of the 151,600 people who die each day, you are given the chance each day to keep on living and striving to be what you want to be.
For whatever reasons you may come up with, you can see that there is at least some reason to be thankful for what you are now.
WHAT ARE FIVE STEPS TO HELP YOU FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO BE TOMORROW?
Right now, you have the opportunity to keep the fight going and be the person you want to be tomorrow. Here are five steps that will help you accomplish this goal:
- Execute your plans and reach your goals to the best of your ability.Starting with today, execute your plan exactly the way you developed it and accomplish as many goals as you can do today.
- Accept the person that you are right now as your foundation.Look at the person that you are now and thank everything that comes with being you.
- Develop plans and goals that will put you closer to the person that you want to be tomorrow.Come up with plans that are realistic for you to execute and goals that are reachable for you.
- Reflect on your accomplishments for today.When the day is done, look back on what you have done and be thankful for everything that you have accomplished.
- Do it again tomorrow.Start all over again tomorrow with steps 1 through 4 and continue the process each day until you become the person that you want to be.
If you can follow these five steps, you will always be in the fight to ultimately be what you want to be.