If your monthly income hasn’t changed much over the years, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get more money. You know whatever you’ve been doing isn’t working; otherwise, you’d have more money by now.
The solution? Do something new that stretches you beyond your comfort zone. Whether you’re a blogger or a brick and mortar store, you need to step up your game.
You can have results…or you can be comfortable
Success requires sacrifice, often in the form of comfort.
Nobody gets wealthy by sitting comfortably on the couch, just like nobody gets six-pack abs by watching TV. If you want those abs, you have to get on the mat. To get results, you have to play by the rules, even when it’s not appealing.
Would you quit a diet plan because you didn’t like the food? Not when you’re committed to fitting into your high school jeans again. Thousands of people every year get results from Nutrisystem, despite thinking the food is bland. People stay committed to the program because they want results. They don’t quit just because their peas weren’t cooked by a gourmet chef. It may not be their preference to eat frozen meals, but a commitment to their goal is what makes them do it.
Whether you want to lose weight or you want more money, you have to stay committed to the game. Less fat and more money are neighbors, and they live at the end of your comfort zone.
Why pushing past your comfort zone gets results
Pushing past your comfort zone gives you access to ideas, choices, and possibilities that didn’t exist where you were. To bump your finances up by a few zeros, you need access to a different set of tools. One of those tools is the willingness to take risks.
Understand that what you consider a risk may not be a risk to someone else. You may see hiring a small team as a risk, but to a seasoned entrepreneur, hiring a team is their asset. Kathy Caprino from Forbes.com received excellent insight on the importance of pushing past your comfort zone from David Van Rooy, one of Walmart’s Senior Directors.
Van Rooy shared, “I’ve seen in my work at Walmart that maintaining placement as the top retailer requires staying ahead of change and a willingness to ‘swim upstream.’ So much of what everyone does at Walmart – whether it is the size or scale of an endeavor, or launching an entirely new idea – has never been done before. This can be daunting because it includes an element of risk and necessitates people stepping out of their comfort zones. The people who do this successfully are able to make a tremendously positive impact and find even more opportunities to make a difference.”
Van Rooy recalls another experience that pushed him out of his comfort zone when he moved to Miami for graduate school. The idea of living in Miami made him uncomfortable, but it was his only acceptance letter and he was offered full tuition with a stipend. He accepted, and experienced nothing but struggle when he arrived. Despite difficulty enrolling, the language barrier, cultural differences, and having his bike stolen, he worked through it all and came out with a Ph.D., great friends, and a wife.
Where is your comfort zone?
The first step to pushing past your comfort zone is acknowledging where your comfort zone stands. Find out what steps you could take in your business that would make you feel uncomfortable and then take them!
If you’re afraid to hire a personal assistant because you don’t think you can vet someone, start holding interviews and hire someone that same week. If they don’t work out, the experience will provide you with wisdom to use next time.
If you’re comfortable attending seminars but you’re afraid to be a speaker, you know what to do. Find an event related to your niche and sign up to share your business with the world. There’s no better way to overcome the fear of public speaking than to go out and do it.
A fear of public speaking will hold you back in the future because you’ll never be able to share your ideas freely and openly with large audiences. Conquer this fear now or you’ll turn down an opportunity that could have pushed you to the next level.
Get uncomfortable. Push yourself to the next level. Be gutsy and be willing to make mistakes.