Staying Confident While Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone
“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you
try something new.” ––Brian Tracy
Getting comfortable being uncomfortable will help you be more successful as a Coach. Anytime you learn something new, like the skills of becoming a successful Coach, you’ll often find yourself feeling uncomfortable. That’s okay, it means you’re pushing yourself to try new things!
Research has shown that when you’re outside of your comfort zone:
• You’re more productive because you’re more focused.
• You’ll have an easier time adjusting to new and unexpected positive changes in your life.
• You’ll find it easier to push yourself in the future.
• The creative side of your brain is more active.
With time and experience you’ll become more proficient in the skills of coaching and be more
comfortable, but for now, give yourself permission to be uncomfortable and be learning. If you’re struggling to get outside your comfort zone, here are some suggestions.
• Be accountable to someone: When you know someone else is going to be checking in on you,
it's harder to retreat to your comfort zone. Give someone permission to hold you accountable.
• Play to your strengths: Don’t focus on your weaknesses, instead identify the things you do well and structure your actions to leverage those strengths. When you play to your strengths, it’s easier to do new things because you’re more confident.
• Make your goal matter to you: You have to know that the actions that are outside your comfort zone have a purpose and will help you get to where you’re trying to go.
• Increase your conviction: When you believe in something, when it matters to you, it is easier to go outside your comfort zone. Make it purposeful to you and you’ll make it easier to do.
• Practice and role-play: There is a reason professional athletes practice more than they play—it builds confidence and skills. If you’re struggling to get outside your comfort zone, get with
another Coach and role-play situations and practice over and again and it will make it much
more natural for you when “game timeˮ comes!
Right now, focus on disciplining yourself to do your daily coaching disciplines so they become habits for you. That is the goal! Watch a Coach Success Story video to see how other successful Coaches step out of their comfort zones and achieved their goals.
Whenever you start something new, it is normal to feel impatient with the imperfections involved with learning how to do it and it’s easy to lose confidence in yourself in this process. So, let’s talk about confidence. Confidence isn’t some mysterious thing; it’s just a pattern of self-belief we develop from our experiences.
**Choose to actively Coach. Your coaching business will be unique to you and so your self confidence will improve as you increase your competency as a Coach. The only way to really increase your coaching competency is through experience. Jump in with both feet and show up every day for your business!