I remember a job search in my mid-20's where I was faced with the prospect of contacting someone I didn't know and asking for some of their time to talk about my search. It was waaaay outside my comfort zone. I looked at the phone, and then at their contact information. And then at the phone. And then at the contact information.
Eventually I made the call, but I felt like I was imposing. I had nothing to offer this person - why would they want to talk to me?
That scenario sticks in my mind because contacting people I didn't know and jumping into their lives eventually became my m.o. The connections that has allowed me to make and the relationships it has allowed me to build have played a key role in just about everything I've been able to do in my career.
And it all started by nudging the perimeter of my comfort zone a little farther out, little by little, bit by bit.
I think that "little by little" part is hugely important. Consistently, persistently pushing at the perimeter in small ways will ultimately add up to massive expansion.
I love what Carla over at zena musings does. Each week she asks herself, "How did you reach outside your comfort zone this week?" Making it a regular part of your week-in-review raises your awareness, not just for what happened last week, but for how you might reach outside next week.
Without paying attention to it, it's easy to slide from one week to another coasting on the comfort of the known. Making it your goal to include a little adventure in the discomfort zone every week will prompt you to ask, "What can I do this week?"
So, how did you reach outside your comfort zone this week? (seems like this would make a good question meme, don't you think?)
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM