I’m amazed at how many people live most or all of their lives in their comfort zones. They have the same friends, same hobbies, same jobs, same activities, same routes, same foods, and they even sit in the same place in every meeting at work or every service at church. They’re addicted to their comfort zones.
If you live too much of your life in your comfort zone, you will eventually feel bored. Boring turns to blah, blah turns to routine, and routine turns to rut. And after too much time in your comfort zone, you begin to wonder if you could change. You might even say, “that’s the way I’ve always done it.”
So what! That approach to new ideas and change will neuter you and your effectiveness.
By contrast, get out of your comfort zone. Take more “constructive” risks. It’s the only way to keep your change and resiliency muscles young and in shape.
As actor and director Woody Allen noted, “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are playing it too safe.” And consultant Judith E. Glaser says, “People who don’t make mistakes aren’t trying hard enough to advance themselves or the organization.” In other words, “no pain, no gain.” It’s simply the way life works.
Of course, some spot-on training can speed up the process of breaking your addiction to “the way we’ve always done it” and becoming more effective in times of change. That’s why so many organizations are bringing me onsite to deliver my Journey-to-the-Extraordinary program to their people.
When State Farm brought me onsite, Business Analyst Lori Reeser said, “I wish someone had given me these tools 20 years ago! I’ve had my share of successes but can only imagine how much higher I could have gone with the information I learned at the two-day Journey program. Now I’m in the exciting process of applying these techniques and looking forward to the best 20 years of my life.”
When the Mayo Clinic brought me onsite, surgeon Dr. Kevin Rieck said, “The information and skills you gave me at the Journey have proven to be extremely useful and practical for a lifetime. I truly see very little, if anything, to improve upon in this incredible program.”
If you would like to discuss the possibility of having me deliver a customized Journey-to-the-Extraordinary program for your organization, give me a call.