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Comfort Zone, Leave it by Choice

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Chances are good that you’ve already been told that you need to leave your comfort zone to really achieve your highest potential. Do you think people are motivated to leave their comfort zone?

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Perhaps different things motivate people, and perhaps different people are motivated by different things.

Consider that you might:

  • Put an appointment on your calendar to block a section of time for special work.
  • Place a small white board on the wall of your office for notes about important projects or strategies.
  • Set an alarm on your phone to make sure you get up, arrive on time, or do something you might forget about.

Some people consider those to be reminders but others might suggest they are motivation. Some would argue that comfort connects with easy, no need for a reminder, and no special need for a motivator. Yet in other cases some people believe that motivation is very simple, it just comes naturally.

Are you motivated to break free from your comfort zone?

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The real story is that your comfort zone is about choice. There is a difference about leaving by choice or being pushed until you’re uncomfortable. Some might suggest they find comfort in the uncomfortable.

Consider that people who interact with no filter might get it, or they might not. Perhaps discomfort makes them feel alive, excited and motivated. If they don’t feel it, surprise, they’re going to shake things up.

Day in and day out most people operate within their comfort zone. They might have goals to reach beyond it and strive for more, or a boss or coach might try to push them to reach for more.

Can you be pushed out of your comfort zone?

Motivated by Push

A deadline, a doctor’s appointment, or the fear of a dental cavity might push people to work longer hours, get in better shape, or brush their teeth.

Fear is a motivator but it pushes from behind or from the side. It lacks the most essential motivation element which is inspiration. Inspiration draws you in, pulls you along, and makes continuing much easier. It’s more comfortable.

In the workplace you can push someone out of their comfort zone, but the end result might only be discomfort, no growth, a few steps back, or just a bunch of missed deadlines and expensive work.

Pulled by Purpose

Smile for the customer, sell the product, or glue the parts together. None of those are about pull, only about push.

People are inspired by purpose.

Pulled by purpose might exist when what we do makes customers happy. When we offer a product or service that solves a difficult problem, or when we combine our talents with our special process and create something that changes lives.

Inspired people are motivated people, they’re pulled (or compelled) to do more, be more, and achieve more.

They choose their zone. Label it comfort, or label it discomfort, they’re pulled because they feel it.

It’s their purpose.

They’ll do their best, on purpose, by choice.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Do You Value Risk?

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Do you take risks? Some people might be identified as risk taking enthusiasts. You have people who are extreme sport athletes, those who might drive a little fast on the highway, and those who take a risk at the casino. They might value risk and assuming you are not in one of those categories, do you value it?

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Sure some risk might get your juices flowing, make you feel alive, and if you end up on the right side of the risk you’ll likely feel very happy. Life changing results may come about because of risk, and these results might be positive or they might set you back in an undesirable way.

What about a decisions for self-improvement or a decision to tackle a big project at work? What about speaking up during an uncomfortable situation or offering an idea that you know the boss will not agree with? Do you see any value in taking such risks?

A couple of well-known leadership authors, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, released a training activity book in 2010 titled, The Leadership Challenge, Activities Book, it was edited by the highly admired and very talented, Elaine Biech. I was fortunate to contribute to that book through one of my training activities titled, Take A Risk! (pgs. 217 – 227). This activity appeared in the chapter titled, Challenge the Process. It’s a great book for those who are interested in activities related to leadership development. The reason I’m mentioning it is because it helps build credibility to the idea that value exists in taking reasonable and well calculated risk. Sometimes we have to challenge the process, at least according to some mainstream theories.

Recently I wrote a blog post about the concept of having reasonable expectations and of course the word reasonable might be considered to be very subjective. Later, a friend challenged some of my thinking by asking if this concept might create self-limiting beliefs. A good question I believe, and one that is important for anyone seeking change.

Here are a few of my beliefs about reasonable and calculated risk.

We should,

  • value risk
  • take reasonable risk
  • be calculated about our risk
  • expand our comfort zone
  • recognize that there is risk in safety.

Most of this bullet list is self-explanatory, but let me just provide an additional comment about risk as it relates to safety. Many people live their life by playing it very (or totally) safe. Each person has their own style and comfort associated with risk and the results they achieve. However, there is one fallacy in the concept of playing it safe. The fallacy is that playing it safe, taking very limited or no risk is perhaps one of the riskiest positions you can take. We are living in a world of rapid and constant change, if you are not changing, if you are not stepping away from your comfort zone, you are likely falling behind.

What calculated risks have you taken lately? What risk opportunity did you walk away from that you should have taken?

Risk is part of your growth, or not.

Take some!


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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