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comfort-zoneExpand Your Comfort Zone!

We all have our comfort zone, a place where we feel comfortable and safe. We are at ease in our routine surroundings, job, community, and relationships.  But here’s the catch - in our ever-changing world, life inside our comfort zone will still be tossed and turned. If we are not prepared to change with the pace of our world, we will find ourselves stuck, or worse, left behind.

 Here’s a good example. Depending on your age, you have had to make changes to the way you listen to music: records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s,MP-3’s. Or what about the phone you have: rotary, push button, remote, cell, and who knows what is next?

We all realize that the world is constantly changing – perhaps faster than most of us desire. So, to be comfortable moving forward, we can engage in some simple habits that prepare us to think and live outside our comfort zone – even if just a little bit at a time i.e. “move a muscle, change a thought”.

  1. Ask these questions: a) What would you do if you could do anything? b) What would you like to learn about? c) What small changes would you like to make in your life?
  1. Change your routine everyday: a) Try a new restaurant or menu item; b) Take a new route to work or school; c) Add a few morning or evening rituals.
  2. Experience something different on a weekly basis: a)  Visit a museum, art store, antique mall, etc.; b) Take a class for personal or professional development; c) Explore a new walking trail or park.

 These simple exercises can help you to stretch your comfort zone. And as we get out of our routine and try on new attitudes, behaviors and perspectives, our thinking grows, our experiences grow, and life grows too.

With the WorkLife Method, we approach change from the perspective that everyone is unique.  We offer coaching and support to help you identify the unique qualities of your personal comfort zone. Contact us to expand your comfort zone and be ready for change! 

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Live-Life-Love-Work-cover-imageOur recent WorkLife survey indicated that there are many different areas to focus on when addressing WorkLife challenges. We have the usual predictable responses around time management, career challenges and work/life balance but when we dug deeper the answers were very interesting. Several responses mentioned challenges with communication skills, finding employment, getting motivated, being able to juggle and multi- task, breaking through female stereotypes in various professions, and handling conflict. For most of us, success in our life, our work and our careers depends on how well we can articulate who we are, what we want, where we're going and how we want to get there. Much of our time is spent working with and through other people to accomplish our Work and Life objectives.

How would you assess your ability to live your life and love your work? Yes, it is possible to integrate both and to actually love what you do. In our work with our clients we provide insights, tools and support to help you target your hopes and dreams which ultimately results in creating and aligning a highly effective integration of work and life. It’s important that your talents and skills are being used well and that you have opportunities to expand on those talents and skills. The unique, ever-changing story of your personal and professional life gives us clues to help you determine what you want.  Are you the author of the unfolding story of your life and do you approach each day as an exciting adventure? Is your level of vitality and well-being where you’d like it to be? Take action towards achieving WorkLife integration by answering these four questions on a regular basis:

  • Who Am I? Identify your core work and life values;
  • What Do I Want? Align your career with your passion, articulate your strengths and manage your stress;
  • Where Am I Going? Align your goals with who you are.  Complete your personal Wheel of Life to see which areas you might want to focus on.
  • How Do I Get There? Create short term, long term and well-being goals as well as an action plan for each area.

More than ever, I'm hearing women say, "I don't know how to ask for what I want in my work and life", or, "I don't know what I want to do with my career", or "I don't know how to express myself". Invest in your future by taking the time to identify your strengths and establish short and long term goals. The change will happen and you’ll begin to feel more energized, gain increased enthusiasm and achieve a sense of satisfaction and well-being that may have been missing for quite a while.

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