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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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Confidence and You


Think of a recent social or business gathering you attended. Who were the people that projected confidence? You probably remember them well because confident people radiate a warmth and enthusiasm that draws people toward them. They approach these occasions as opportunities to meet, greet and grow. Less confident people, however, generally hide in the background or stick closely to people they know.

We all yearn to have confidence - to feel as if we belong. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident no matter what you're doing or whom you're with:

 

SmileConfident people smile - they smile with their mouth and their eyes. Their energy is positive. Even when they're nervous inside, they don't show it on their face.


Breathe. If you feel a little anxious around people or situations that are unfamiliar to you, take a few deep breaths to relax. Slow, mindful inhales and exhales lower anxiety and nervousness immediately.

 

Show Interest.  Take the focus off yourself and put it on others by asking thoughtful questions and listening with interest. People with confidence care about others. So always ask, listen and learn. 


Use Positive Self Talk.  Give yourself positive messages, reminding yourself of your strengths, talents and successes.  Recite a simple mantra for when you are feeling anxious or uncertain.


New situations can make anyone feel a bit anxious and uncertain.  By applying these simple tips, you will feel less nervous, more empowered, and more confident.

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