Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone to Achieve Career Success

I think many of have one of those television shows we consider a guilty pleasure. I can't believe I am going to tell you all this, but mine is Dancing With the Stars. As I was watching the show recently, I started thinking about how many people come to this show awkward and uncomfortable dancing and by facing their fears and stepping out of their comfort zone they achieve amazing results, Many have used the show to launch - or re-launch their careers.

People tend to get stuck in a routine, doing the things with which we are most comfortable and always relying on the skills we know we can count on. But are we living up to our full potential? I challenge you to push the envelope, try something new, and explore your options. Here are some ideas of how you can do just this.

> Try volunteering in a new career field. You will gain new experience, meet new people, and make connections that you never would have made otherwise.

> Take a class to expand your knowledge. One night a week at a community college or an online university course will not take up an outrageous amount of your time. You will learn new ideas, gain new skills, and meet new networking contacts.

> Start taking more risks. I don't mean putting yourself in danger, but have the courage to go into situations where you don't know what to expect. Fear of failure is the cause of a great deal of inaction. Overcoming this fear will move you forward in all aspects of your life.

> Approach every day with an open mind and a positive attitude. If something seems impossible or out of your reach, simply break it down into steps or mini goals you need to accomplish in order to achieve this goal. Taking the goal one step at a time will make it seem more realistic and achievable.

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