Week 72: Leaving the Comfort Zone – #AlphaFemaleFriday
“ WEEK 72 / 133 – 133 WEEKS TO SUCCESS “
What is more terrifying than taking a risk? There is something more terrifying (although maybe not as challenging) as taking a calculated risk: sticking to a routine. While I believe we need to keep certain habits in order for peace of mind, such as daily hygiene and good manners, we need to step outside of our comfort zone more than on an occasional basis. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing that scares you every day.”
People get scared for many reasons. Some because they don’t know what happens next. Others because they fear of the worst happening. Sometimes we just don’t want to hear the word “no”. It’s okay to be scared, because I think to be completely fearless is also to be completely reckless and unaware of the consequences that come along with weighing one’s actions. In fact, I would say complete fearlessness falls somewhere between blissful unawareness and grandiose apathy—someone who has nothing to lose and therefore everything to gain with no regards for any choices they make.
When we decide to make a change in our lives, we often look outside of ourselves and ask, “When is the next opportunity for change?” The answer, as Oprah-esque it sounds, is within ourselves. Our thoughts affect our actions which then become our habits. Our lives are as wonderful and exciting as we choose to make them to be.
Leaving your personal comfort zone is challenging and rewarding. It can be daunting as we want to take a step back and turn around. The very moment we want to run is the exact point that we should stick with it, because just like humans have the fight-or-flight instinct for our survival, we have that instinct for our own well-being and success as well. While most of us may not be fighting prey in the wild anymore, we are fighting our own personal battles. Keep going until the very end.
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Each week, I take a tip from Lois P. Frankel’s book, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, and explore how each of these tips affect myself and other women in similar positions on the road to becoming the women we want to be. There are far and few between who are a few steps behind me, and many more who are far advanced. I found that Lois P. Frankel’s advice applied to novice, intermediates, and experts alike. It helped me see that I was already doing right, served as a reminder to keep on doing what I was doing and how to keep that momentum going. The book also showed me areas where I could improve, and gave realistic tips to jump on board. There are a total of 133 tips, and explore one tip per week in a program I call: 133 Weeks to Success.
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