• Are you Sitting Too Comfortably?

     

    Happy New Year! Are you Sitting (Too) Comfortably?

    dogrelaxedAre you TOO comfortable?

    “You can’t grow without discomfort because all growth  requires change. Change means things will be different – and when things are different we need to adapt and learn. So, when you feel uncomfortable it simply means you are growing.  Celebrate!”  Emma-Louise Elsey
     

    When we are in our comfort zone we feel confident and at ease, often feeling relaxed, snug even – and that can be a very pleasant place to be. The question is………have you overstayed your welcome?

    In lieu of lecturing about the merits of setting goals like the thousands of posts out there,  here’s a five minute Action Plan kick start exercise for the New Year.

    Answer these questions briefly, before you score yourself below: 

    1.  When was the last time you tried something new? _________________________________________________________
    2.  How much are you learning and growing right now?_________________________________________________________
    3. Do you feel you’re doing too much – or not enough? _________________________________________________________
    4.  When was the last time you took a risk? ________________________________________________________
    5.  Do you feel like it’s time for a shift – or a change? _________________________________________________________

    So, where are you on the “Comfort Continuum”?

     Now, simply put an X on the line to represent how comfortable you are in your life, career, business etc.,  right now:

     ______________________________

    -5                                                                 0                                                       +5

    Uncomfortable                                  Comfortable                                         Asleep

    Now, as you look at where you are on the comfort continuum, is this where you want to be? We need some time in our comfort zones to rest, but are you recharging or heading towards Snoozville? ____________________________________________________________

    “Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”  James Allen
     “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”   Neale Donald Walsch

    Finally, what actions will you take to get moving? Think especially about things you have been putting off doing – perhaps because they leave you feeling uncomfortable! This could be anything from making that phone call, updating your resume, developing your Strategic/Business Plan, to taking a vacation or starting a new hobby or activity. Simply write your actions in the space below – and be as specific as you can!

    1st Action.  Something you can do Now! (right away or by the end of today) _______________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________

    2nd Action. ______________________________________________________

    ________________________________________By when _______________

    3rd Action. _______________________________________________________

    ________________________________________By when _______________

    Now, if you’re feeling somewhat uncomfortable, remember, it means you are moving forward and growing. CELEBRATE!!

    congrats

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Bob Woodcock says:

    What a great exercise to kick start the year Tony! Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Patricj Harris says:

    great note…we all need that kick to get off our comfort zones..wish you a great 2013 and thanks for the reminder to get off the couch and just get it done!!!!

  3. Great advice Tony!

    I say that people get into comfort RUTS……. and you know how hard it is to get out of a rut!! But life is not there to play it safe – if you’re not doing something to scarey each day, you’re not living!

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