Most if not all of us surround ourselves with the people, places, and events which make us comfortable. Often times we encounter situations which may prove difficult, tough, challenging, or even painful. When faced with a decision, new opportunity, a job offer or a desire to do something new; do you stay within your comfort zone? What does it take to walk out of your comfort zone?
I have talked with many promising authors who are in various stages of writing; or have written book manuscripts. These authors are at the point of being nearly finished with their respective work; but fall short of meeting the publishing benchmarks. Why? Let’s look at some of the reasons:
“I don’t know how to end the manuscript and I hesitate in writing anything further!”
“I’m afraid the book won’t sell, how about I change the middle of the manuscript chapters to the beginning, and then move the end of the story to the middle of the book!”
“I am fearful of concluding the text right now! I’m just not sure of this entire project!”
Can you relate to any of these factors? Which of the respective authors in the three scenarios need to venture out of their comfort zones? When we dwell in the midst of our comfort zone we may struggle in moving forward to a new level. What’s the best way to walk out of the zone?
Decide that you want to venture out of your comfort zone.
Delete procrastination in your daily life by creating at “to do” list. Schedule what you will accomplish each day.
Once the decision is made to leave your comfort zone, identify three ways you can initiate activities to assist you in moving forward. For example;
Set aside (date and time) to work on the final chapter.
Complete the transition of chapters by (date and time).
Review the final chapter and submit to the editor for a draft edition by (date and time).
Develop your own guided affirmations to assist you in moving from your comfort zone. When you accomplish your objective, feel good about moving on to the next one! Enjoy your new zone!