Posts Tagged ‘comfort zone’

Love What You Do #2: Stretch Yourself

February 7, 2012

… Not quite what I meant! (I’d certainly do myself an injury if I attempted this.) Although there are definitely health benefits to regular exercise, and getting up and moving about regularly if you have a desk-based/sitting down job.

In this second post in the Love what you do series, I’m talking about stretching yourself mentally … encouraging you to venture out of your comfort zone now and again to help you grow and develop!

Tip 2: Stretch yourself!

Some people love to constantly live in their stretch zone, spending much of their time trying new things, new experiences, pushing themselves physically or mentally to do or be better. I’m not suggesting that in order to love what you do more – you should be a constant stretch-zone occupant! But if you don’t step into this area now and again you’re in danger of being too comfortable …. too ‘stale’.

By stretching yourself occasionally, and learning from these new ventures, your skills and competencies will increase, leading to you feeling refreshed, re-energised, more confident and boosting your enjoyment of what you do!

Key questions

  • Which of your current activities are in your comfort zone?
  • Which are in your stretch or panic zones? (See activity here, to help with these 2 questions, if needed)
  • What’s the balance of activities in each zone? I tend to have about 70% in my comfort zone and 30% in my stretch zone, avoiding the panic zone as far as possible! But you may be different.
  • What percentages will work for you, to ensure you love what you do more?

Interested to hear your experiences on this topic.

(Photo credits: stretch, creative mind)

From Comfort Zone to Panic Zone

February 4, 2011

28 Day Blog Challenge – Day 4

Where does your goal sit?

… Comfort zone, stretch zone or panic zone?

  • Does working towards your goal feel very comfortable to you?
  • Does it challenge you so that you feel it’s stretching your skills / knowledge / talent?
  • Or are you totally panicked at the thought of working on your goal?

For a goal to excite, interest, grab and motivate you it needs to stretch you. Setting goals and targets are about moving you / your team forward, making improvements, trying new things, extending skills, etc.

If your goal is too challenging or too scary, something needs to be adjusted – to bring it back into the stretch zone, and thus, more achievable.

Try this …

  • Draw yourself 3 concentric circles like the ones above
  • Start listing things that you do, which feel comfortable to you, in the Comfort Zone; everyday stuff, activities you’re confident with
  • Then list things that totally panic you in the Panic Zone. A common one for people is public speaking / running big meetings (these  are work examples, but your list doesn’t need to contain purely work-related things)
  • Finally, consider what activities lie between the two, and could go in the Stretch Zone; perhaps some new things you are trying: a new hobby, using some new equipment, learning a new skill … Ensure your goals for this year are in this list and are stretching you!

Remember – what is in one person’s panic zone may be a comfort zone task for someone else. As you set and achieve stretching goals, the list of things in your comfort zone will expand, and you will see that what previously may have seemed impossible is now within reach.

Have fun stretching!