We all need some time in our comfort zone. Everything’s going well, we’re confident, we’re effective and it’s a lovely place to be. After a while though, those positive effects can wear off and we become a bit numb to it all.
‘Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.’ – James Allen
If you think your sofa of success might be turning into an armchair of apathy, ask yourself these questions:
- When was the last time you did something you’d never done before?
- When did you last learn something?
- Do you feel like you’re doing too much or not enough?
- Does it feel like it might be time for a change?
Some of you will be thinking ‘well, yes, I’d quite like to try something new but I’m soooooo cosy here in my comfy armchair.’ Fear not! Huge wholesale changes are not the way to go here. You know what it’s like if you get up too quickly after lounging around for a while – you feel light-headed and your feet have probably gone to sleep.
What’s needed here is a gradual approach (bit like the fantastically named couch to 5k running schedule). Say you think it would really help your career if you could speak Mandarin. Booking yourself a flight to Beijing to attend a three month full immersion language course might be a bit daunting. Doing a bit of online searching for ‘Mandarin lessons online’ will find you several free options – you could try it out and see if it appeals to you at all. The next step might be to look for local evening classes to pick up ‘tourist Mandarin’ before you embark on a formal qualification. Maybe after all that you will be boarding a plane for Beijing!
Today’s pebble for you to consider:
Is it time to leave your comfort zone? What’s the first step you will take?
What do you think?
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