3 WAYS TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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Well, it’s already March 1. Who, what, when, where, why, how? Doesn’t matter because you must keep going! As we are about 90 days into the new year, many of you have more than likely stuck to your goals and a lot of us may have slipped a little bit - but that’s totally OK. Some days, weeks, or months may have not gone as planned but each day is a new day to get back on track. Anytime I feel like I’m not “doing enough” I like to write down what I have done so far, and what I want to improve. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable = GROWTH.

START SMALL:

Starting small can truly make a significant difference in your results - whatever the goal may be. I personally have fitness and health goals that I want to accomplish. I also know that drinking water is one of the most important things to do to keep your overall wellbeing on track. My “small goal” is to drink more water daily. That was out of my comfort zone. I have written down the benefits of consuming healthier things which has kept me going down the right path. Starting small can apply to literally anything you want or willing to work for. It can be as simple as purchasing a domain name of what you desire your blog or business to be, picking up a book when you lay in bed at night instead of your phone, or even as simple as signing up for that workout class you’ve been putting off. Do SOMETHING each day. You can even just start by writing down 3-5 things each day or week that you want to get done and put your plans into action. That one thing will just bring you closer and closer to the outcomes that you desire. I just started listening to books. For a while I never thought that I’d have the “interest” to listen to a book because I simply didn’t have time. SMH. Those are limiting beliefs. I shifted my mindset and started listening to Manifest Now by Idil Ahmed. Man, that book is truly mind changing. I definitely recommend listening to it on Audible or purchasing a physical copy. You’ll start to realize how much you can make positive changes in your life by simply changing the way you think.

PUSH BEYOND CONVENIENCE:

Because convenience is comfortable, right? We must think beyond this. You have to want to create a plan of action for pushing the boundaries on what you think is possible. I know that almost everyday I can choose to be a victim of convenience or I can choose to go above and beyond for myself. I wake up and read a scripture or two and then I get my day started. I choose to have a mindset that motivates me to not be mediocre for the day. You did not wake up this morning to be mediocre! You can push beyond convenience by simply waking up an hour earlier (or a few) than you normally do to get something else done before you carry on with your day. I scheduled myself for a 6:30 am workout this morning! That’s something that I have never done because I used to think - heck, I could still be getting one more hour of sleep instead of going to a workout. That was mediocre thinking. These muscles aren’t going to tone themselves though, sis! After I left my one hour workout I thought, “what else can I do to be great for myself today?” That wasn’t convenience, that was pure motivation. One simple change in your routine is way more powerful than you think. All it requires is just effort.

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE:

I GOT THIS! YOU got this! Holding yourself accountable is another key to breaking through your comfort zone. You can tell a family member or close friend what you are trying to do and 9 times out of 10 you won’t have to remind them to hold you accountable. They just do because they love you! My mom and my friend Shay hold me accountable with the smallest things. Shay simply reminds me to email someone or simply post on social media. Having an accountability parter definitely can help, but it isn’t 100% necessary obviously because you’re your own person and can do what you want to do. Let’s say for me, I want to start a new series on my blog with styling videos called “———————-——-” boom! I put it out there! Once you share it with someone or say it out loud - make yourself DO IT. Take baby steps. Smaller steps can easily de-sensitize yourself to the feelings of anxiety. Earlier in January I wrote sticky notes on my mirror with affirmations that I repeat out loud daily. Me making sure I start my day this way is one way that I hold myself accountable. Do you see how simple stepping out of your comfort zone can be? I don’t like producing the same results, I want more and I want better! No one is going to do that but ME. YOU for you. Sometimes even changing your atmosphere can help with your results. Instead of working at home in your comfort zone, go to a public place or coffee shop to send those emails, etc. You didn’t drive over there for nothing….so get it done in a different environment. Holding myself accountable with my actions has driven to me create another source of income with my blog. And that, I am proud of. What’s holding you back from stepping out of your comfort zone? How are you going to put new actions into motion for improved success?

“GREAT THINGS NEVER CAME FROM COMFORT ZONES..” - UNKNOWN