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The Road to Change

In 1968 I attended an all-girls “junior” college in Boston.  I had no idea back then what I wanted to do with my life except to follow the suggested path by the adults in my world and to become a medical secretary, work in a hospital and find a doctor to marry who would take care of me.  Since I had no burning desire or passion to do any one thing, I thought that sounded like a good plan.  In addition, my main goal was to leave the town in CT where I grew up and get to a bigger, college town so Boston was the place to go. Off I went to the lovely Back Bay area of Boston to begin my next chapter.  What I didn’t realize back then was that the opportunities that presented themselves to me during my two year experience would forever change my life. 

As thrilling and exciting this new journey was what I found was that there were more social restrictions in place than I ever experienced at home. Growing up in a non-traditional home with a father who was in show business and a British mother who all my friends thought had a “funny accent”, I was used to a free-wheeling environment with no specific curfew.  In addition, I was the oldest of six children so I was the leader of the club and I become fairly independent.

The school in Boston had a curfew along with other restrictions.  The biggest shock was that there was “tea” time and we were expected to wear white gloves and skirts.  No slacks were allowed in the school at all. This had to change and this is where the learning opportunities began that I still use to this day.  The mission was to abolish the white glove policy!

 

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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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