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How To Expand Your Comfort Zone


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I remember once when I was a kid, way back in 3rd grade.

I had to pee really bad, but I was afraid to ask for permission.

It was the beginning of the school year, and I didn't really like the teacher. She was pretty scary.

AND I was in the back of the room.

So I sat there, holding my junk, hoping recess would come before I peed my pants.

The teacher stopped and asked me in front of everybody if I needed to pee.

I was glad to go, but I was also embarrassed for having being called out.

Kind of what I was trying to avoid in the first place.

We tend to do things like this.

We want something, but we're afraid to ask for it.

Usually because we're afraid of two very common human fears.

Being the center of attention, and rejection.

And if we imagine those two things can come at the same time, we are generally pretty timid.

But as you get older, you we tend to see those as things that can hold us back.

Both socially and financially.

The strategy most of us use is to simply power through.

Fake it until we make it.

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

While repeating things to ourselves like, "fortune favors the brave," or "go big or go home," or "no guts, no glory."

While these work, they take a lot of effort, and a lot of motivation.

And it's easy to slip back.

I remember when I made the decision to go through all ten speeches of the toastmasters program.

Most nights before class, I had to FORCE myself to go. It was very EASY to come up with excuses not to.

Luckily I belonged to a very close and supportive group.

But we don't always have that advantage.

Especially if you've got a job where you might have to stand up at a moment's notice and give a speech.

Fortunately, there's a lot of ways to "sneak around" your fears instead of muscling through them.

It does take a little of time, but you'll never have to leave the safety of your comfort zone.


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