We all love our comfort zones, the happy, cushy feeling, and the feeling of being in a safe and secured place where we know that we can excel. Any change in that environment gets us all flustered trying to figure out a way to get back to our comfort zone as quickly as possible. However, the reality is that if we do not get out of our comfort zone, we cannot grow.
Doing the same things everyday and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. In order for things to change, we need to change and that means we have to face some unknown environments, new grounds, which may be completely opposite to what we are used to. To get to the next level, we need to expand our minds and thinking and change our habits because our current thinking and habits got us to where we are.
Last week, I was put in a similar situation. I do not like to be in front of a camera or take videos. If it is done without my knowledge, then I can do it, however, posing is not something I enjoy. I was challenged to launch my own YouTube channel. It meant not just a minute of photo, doing a video for 2-3 minutes. As much I was resisting it, I knew it was suggested for my own good, and I have to get it done. I took a couple of days to think through what I want to talk about and finally did it. You can go to the link and check out the video at https://youtu.be/EQQ2jUkSgmU. It is work in progress, but at least the next time it would be easier to do.
The way I work is I need to be put in uncomfortable situation to be challenged, and I love being challenged. I believe we are open to change and adapt if the reason to do the change is loud and clear. As long as we can see how it will benefit in the long run, we eventually get it done. Here are ways I look at things when put in an uncomfortable situation and cope with the stress of the time in the edgy zone. Hopefully, they will help you stretch bigger, farther and faster.
Clear your head
Every time I try something new and different, my inner voice gets really loud. The only way to make it quiet is to clear the noise around me and inside. I love working out, especially go for a run, music or little meditation or prayer goes a long way in providing space and calm to both my head and soul readying me for the adventure to come.
Write about the process.
When you are feeling uncomfortable, you need to release the tension. Writing about it is a great way to express the feelings and relieve the pressure. It also helps organize your thoughts and emotions so you can get a clear picture of the path ahead.
If you are going to put yourself through a bit of hell you are certainly entitled to a bit of heaven as well. Get yourself something nice. Indulge with that once-a-year restaurant. You are taking risks and working hard. Show yourself you appreciate you for making this happen.
Share your journey
Even though some challenges are yours and yours alone. But that doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely in the process. Include your closest friends or a great coach in the process so they can support you and be entertained by your struggles and eventual success. If you can entice another friend to join you on the journey, it’s even better.
Finish the easy task first
When you are pushing for a breakthrough, everything can seem hard. Make sure you set time away for simple tasks that you have mastered previously. This will rebuild your confidence and remind you that you have broken through the difficulty before.
Take the plunge
Toe dipping into the danger zone makes it hard to really get things going. Jump in full body into the process. Being fully immersed in an uncomfortable environment may be more stressful, but at least you’ll get the whole experience moving and get to the success side quicker.
Celebrate every win
The struggle through growth provides a steady good kind of pain and suffering, but it’s generally a long process and not a quick event. Set recognizable milestones to the process and get excited every time you reach one. Be proud and pleased with each progressive step you achieve. Then party big time when you get to the finish line.
Hope this will help you get comfortable and handle uncomfortable situations or challenging situation. We all have immense capability within us. It’s just a matter of digging deep and bringing it out and experiencing it. So dig deeper, work on yourself and see the transformation in you!
By Subarna Gupta
Follow Subarna at www.subarnagupta.com
About Subarna Gupta
Subarna Gupta, Owner of S.M.Consulting and Services Inc, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s. Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in marketing. Ms. Gupta has more than 15 years of experience working with international brands. A marketing and advertising professional, her expertise in multiple continents across multi cultural go-to-market strategy and brand development have gone a long way.
As the owner of a health and wellness company that provides organic heath, wellness and beauty products, she started her own distribution business and has exceeded the sales quotas for the last three years. Being her own boss has its benefits, and Ms. Gupta attributes her success to her hard work. A mentor of 20, she earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a master’s degree in human resources, both earned in India. She has been given the Achiever’s Award not once, not twice, but four times. Looking toward the future, she intends to reach the level where the company runs itself.
Ms Gupta is always looking for ways to challenge her status quo, and it is not surprising that she has started a new journey. She is working on her first book “Onwards” which is based on success principles through stories of Women Entrepreneurs. She believes there is a huge potential in women entrepreneurs, and this book will help fuel that. As much, she is ambitious, she lives in the moment and believes in digging deep to bring out the best in her.