The Comfort Zone

December 21, 2011

As I set my personal and business goals for 2012, I’ve been thinking about what motivates me and what holds me back.   I ran across this poem about ‘My Comfort Zone and it made me think.  I’m sending it to you as food for thought as you reflect on last year and set your goals for next year.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

  • Once you set your goals, write them down, post them and share them, you will still need to look at them daily or weekly to keep you focused.
  • While you are filling your calendar, consider how each of those activities will help you achieve your goals – or not.   Schedule your time wisely and recognize your priorities – don’t settle for what you already have.
  • Don’t move into your comfort zone.  Why not you ask?  As much as the comfort zone keeps us safe and doesn’t push us to do more, there’s a cost for not pushing us to do more.  See, the comfort zone limits us, ‘to protect us’.
  • If we are in our comfort zone, we can’t grow.  Just like a pot-bound plant, we can die or quit if we don’t have room to stretch, change and try new things.


My Comfort Zone – Author Unknown

I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.
If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

What are your goals for 2012?  Who do you want to become and what do you want to be known for?  What will you do to step out of your comfort zone this year?

Categories: Accountability, Attitude, Change management, Personal development.

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