Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Great things never came from comfort zones…did they?

Remember the book fair from the previous blog?
Meredith, a good friend of mine was signing her book there. It got me a little envious (don’t we all dream of publishing our own book) but at the same time it fascinated me. It takes courage to get out there …

It also made me realize that, as most people, I tend to play it safe. I have a solid client base with whom I enjoy working together, I meet a large variety of candidates that always learn me something interesting and yes, the financial bottom line is still doing fine too.
Yet, there is that little voice in the back of my head asking whether I have reached my full potential, whether I have truly created the company that I had in mind at the start. No worries, I have no plans to radically change my business. However, when you look as to how rapidly things are evolving in the world around us, I can’t help but wonder how headhunting will change in the years to come….and whether I am prepared for it.

Reaching out for the next step, means taking a risk, doing things that I have not tried before. It means that I would need to overcome the fear that I may not succeed.  I bet this sounds familiar.
But it also holds the promise of the satisfaction afterwards when I do succeed.

Putting it in clichés, it means that in order to grow and be prepared for the future, I have to get out of my comfort zone.
Many books have been written on how you can play it big. Most of them focus on mindset. Although I find it interesting literature, I am not the type of person to sit down and picture the brilliant future or who will create my older self and use it a guidance for the decisions that I take.

I started focusing on the more practical tips to get out of my comfort zone. This is what I will put on my wall. I hope it will serve you as well when you are planning for that next move in your career.

  • Start small and correct as you go

There is no need to jump out of your comfort zone, you’ll jump right back in. Rome wasn’t build in a day either. There is also no need to develop a full fledged plan before you take any action, you’ll get never get anywhere.
Take the first step towards where you want to go, then take the second.
When you have a clear view on where you want to be, you can determine the way to get there step by step. This will also allow you to correct your path as you go.
  • Learn from the past

We all have been out of our comfort zone in the past. I know that I have (writing this blog was a major step out of my comfort zone).
So when in doubt, look back to how you have conquered some hurdles. Remember the things you have done right and learn from the mistakes that you have made.
  • Learn from others.

If you want to become better at something, start looking for people who are doing what you want to do. Look for role models and mentors that represent who you want to be, find people who share the same desire. Inevitably their influence will have an effect on your behavior. But also, don’t be afraid to ask them to help you. I am sure they will be happy to oblige.
  • It’s ok to step back in your comfort zone

You have a comfort zone for a reason: to protect you. Otherwise we all may be jumping off cliffs and out of airplanes. It also protects us from taking on more stress and anxiety than we are equipped to deal with.
So it’s ok to get back into your comfort zone from time to time. To sit back and relax in the environment that you know and that you feel comfortable in.
  • Don’t take yourself to seriously

I know it is difficult but no one is perfect. Trying new things goes hand in hand with making mistakes. Don’t be your own worst critic and learn to laugh at yourself when things go wrong. Taking risks inevitably involves some setbacks.
At the same time, celebrate success, even if it is a small step. It will help you to remember that you are capable of great things.

And you? What will you put on your wall?

I look forward to hearing from you,

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