More often than not I can walk into most situations and figure out a way to make them work, but not now, and it is has taken me to whole new level of being out of my comfort zone. (The funny thing is, I probably only stay in my comfort zone and anything outside my own little world, I get my ass kicked)
But life recently has forced me out of my comfort zone like never before in 3 different ways.
1. Starting Crossfit: Recently I started doing Crossfit after much coaxing from my wife who had been doing it for the last 2 years. Going in to new athletic endeavors hasn’t really been that difficult for me and usually I am up to speed very quickly, but doing Crossfit for the last 45 days has shown me how weak and immobile I have really become. Just riding my bike, skiing, running and doing the same old lifting routine that has worked for me in the past has just been thrown out the window. I am a beginner and in some strange way it has been really satisfying.
2. Going to PT: I have been to Physical Therapy for a number of different ailments; shoulder, knee, and lots of other things that I won’t go into detail about, I never found it to be of much benefit for me, other than giving my wallet a workout, this time it is different! As many of you know from a previous post that I have been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis and it has sucked. I was able to get connected with an amazing Dr, who then referred me to an even more amazing PT clinic in West Boylston MA, Central Mass, www.centralmasspt.com and have been working Laura Kidman. She has been kicking my ass like no one else. Again she has shown me how inflexible I have become, how weak I am in certain areas, has brought me to my knees in a number of situations and all I could do was chuckle when I was getting worked over. I could go into details for hours and hours on this one, but she has been amazing on getting to the root cause of my problem. (lack of flexibility and exploiting my weakness)
3. Building my business in new markets: In my executive search practice, I have been specialized in a niche for a long time. I have become content, I know the players, the roles, and the industry like no other, but have failed to grow beyond on a certain level. In early April I decided to take on a new market, wow, it has been an eye opening experience! No one knows who I am, they have never heard of our firm, and they are wondering why we are in this market. Getting rejected over and over again has not been fun and it is something I haven’t had to deal with since my early days in the business. Again, I have had to go back to a beginners mindset with a new modern day twist, needless to say it has been interesting and frustrating. (just like above ; I have become weak and inflexible)
In some strange way, this has all been gratifying and one hell of a learning experience. Now that I look back and see why I am not where I want to be, it stems from; not being flexible, ignoring my weakness, and being fearful of stepping outside of my comfort zone.
What instances have you been forced to step out of our comfort zone and what did you do overcome them? This would be great to hear!
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