Where the magic happens: outside your comfort zone

Natural Born Introvert

I recently had the opportunity to attend a half-day training course on Networking.  For anyone that has met me recently, it might surprise you to know that I’m a natural born introvert.  Those of you who know me well, however, will be keenly aware that it’s taken significant courage and effort on my part to find my voice, be comfortable being visible and to confidently speak in public.  I certainly have the ability to do all of this and I frequently do.  I’ve even been known to do them well occasionally.  I’m more than capable of being visible, speaking up and being in front of a group.  My preference, being an introvert, however, is for small groups, 1-2-1s and being on my own.  It takes more effort and energy for me than it would for an extrovert to be “out there”.

So you can understand that walking into a networking event and launching myself into a sea of people I’ve never met before is a daunting prospect.  It’s also an integral part of growing my business, building my profile and staying educated on what is current.  So I decided taking a course on this would be a good thing to do.  I’m also a firm believer in pushing myself out of my comfort zone from time to time.  I share my thoughts on this in the two vblogs below.

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Comfort  Zone Part 1

I recorded the first video just before I attended the course.  Here I share my thoughts on stepping outside of your comfort zone which I firmly believe is critical for growth and development.  It’s that space just outside the comfort zone where all the magic happens.  Over time by doing this regularly we can actually start to shift and evolve where our natural comfort zone is.

Comfort Zone part 2

I took the second video just after I’d finished the course and I share here what the main take away was for me:

“It’s not what you know, or who you know, it’s who knows you and what they say about you that is important”.  In other words, by developing and nurturing your network you can essentially create a community around you of connections that will support you, encourage you, help you and ultimately refer you to their network.  I can’t think of a better reason to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I also think this is relevant whether you are growing a business, invested in your career or simply allowing opportunities to show up in front of you.

When will you next push yourself out of your own comfort zone?

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