Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Forget the Status Quo and Watch Your Business Grow
Growth is something many people strive for, both in their personal and professional lives. In business, growth leads to new ideas and opportunities. To make progress, you need to depart from the status quo and take risks that push your limits – but for most, that’s easier said than done. Your comfort zone is where you feel safe and secure, so leaving it can be terrifying. However, outside of that zone is where true growth occurs, and what I call your “Queen Zone." In this exclusive series, you will learn how to step outside of your comfort zone and foster the “change mindset” in yourself (and your team, if you have others depending on your leadership) and take your rightful place in the Queen Zone.
The Terror of Public Speaking
One example to illustrate the impact of stepping out of your comfort zone is public speaking. Most of us have to do some type of speaking in front of a group at some point in our personal or professional lives. But very few of us are naturals at it - it’s something we have to learn.
When you're new to public speaking, you get up in front of the audience and your body seems out of your control. You start shaking, you can't look up from your notes, your voice quavers, and you start to forget the contents of your presentation.
But then, you learn some techniques to help make it easier. You practice making eye
contact with the audience and projecting your voice. Most of all, even though it's scary, you take opportunities to get in front of people and speak. You may never totally overcome your fear of public speaking, but at the very least you improve and can speak without freezing up. You have taken your place among other queens, modeling how to face your fears, and speak, even when you’re scared.
We've used public speaking as a metaphor because it’s a common fear familiar to most people, but this is how any new challenge works. You can become a good public speaker if you get out of your comfort zone and practice.
This is also true of all other new things we face in both our personal and professional lives. Just as a person grows into a public speaker through learned skills and practice, you can grow by facing your fears and implementing the techniques you’ll learn in this blog series to take your rightful place among your sister-queens.
The Change Mindset
How do you step out of your comfort zone and face challenges? You do it by shifting your mindset to turn that terrifying task into a challenge and a learning experience. You do it step-by-step by adding it gradually into your daily routine. You do it by learning strategies to help overcome fear and embrace change. The end result is a whole new potential for growth.
The future is not yet written. You have the power to write it yourself. But you have to step outside your comfort zone in order to get there.
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The status quo is a natural place to be and it's generally a good thing. It keeps us safe,
identifies and protects us from threats, and helps us succeed by doing what works.
Fear of change is a natural human instinct that’s useful when you’re hunting on the savanna and there are lions prowling around. But it’s a hindrance, not a help, when you’re running a business and trying to grow, or attempting to make positive changes in your personal life.
Sometimes, in order to move forward, we have to smash the status quo.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the series, our natural instincts use fear to protect
us from danger. But there are other reasons we fear change:
Change means leaving something you're invested in. You've worked hard to build your systems up to this point, and to change feels like you're abandoning them.
Changing means leaving certainty. You do what you do because it has worked in the past. You can rely on it.
When we change, we feel like we’re losing something. Instead of seeing change as the opportunity to gain something valuable, we see it as the risk to lose something.
As scared as you are of stepping out of your comfort zone for fear of failure, your team is
just as afraid. This includes your employees, your freelance contractors, your virtual assistants, and anyone else you work with on a regular basis. You can lead the charge and facilitate their success by overcoming your fear and showing them how to do it too. In this way, you will inspire your team and become a true advocate for their growth. Here are the best practices for accomplishing this.
In order to see big changes in your business or personal life, you need to incorporate the
change mindset into your daily routine. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a habit you develop over time. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Conversely, if you don't do it often, you'll find it harder to confront your fears. With change as a daily habit, you'll be able to easily face challenges any time you need to.
By the time you complete this series, you will be able to:
Smash the status quo so you can move forward.
Identify your fears so you can develop a mindset for change.
Step out of your comfort zone so you can inspire and facilitate those around you.
Make your new change mindset part of your daily routine so it becomes easy for you.
This blog series is broken down into 4 blog posts to take you step-by-step through stepping out of your comfort zone to your queen zone.
The blog posts follow a logical order, so while you can skip around if you want, it’s best to work through them one at a time.
As you go through each blog post, use your Activity Sheet to help you complete the Action Steps at the end of each.
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