July 22, 2010

Face Your Fears And Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

This has been something that has been intriguing to me lately. Maybe it’s because I have been really challenging my own reality and improving myself in various aspects of my life. One of the biggest things that I’ve been doing lately is doing things that I used to be uncomfortable or scared to do.

Some of these things include business meetings, content creation, approaching business partners and even dating. Yes, I have been testing myself with dating too. I think it’s fun and it’s a great way to challenge myself to become better and meet some great girls.

I’ve got a question for you.Did You Have a Good Year at School?
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Do you think that the most successful businessmen on the planet never had to face any fears? Do you think a rock star never had “butterflies” in their stomach before a concert? Of course they did they are human, just like you and me but the one thing they did differently than others is they FACED their fears and conquered them.

I see this everywhere I go, but not necessarily with rockstars and famous business people(I don’t personally know many of them yet). I see it with my friends, acquaintances and even classmates.

I experience it in my life, and I’m sure that you experience it in your life. If not, you are in luck! I personally still am scared to do certain things and i’m assuming that you have similar experiences in your life so I’m going to provide some ways that I have personally improved myself by facing my fears.

One major thing for me when I first got started branding myself and becoming an Internet Marketer was creating videos. I was flat out scared to create videos. I didn’t know what to start with, what to say, who to talk to, who would even care, and what kind of qualifications I had as a young dude to teach anyone anything. You may be in a similar spot as I once was, you could be sitting in your chair right now wishing that you could create a video and upload it to YouTube but something is holding you back.

What are you waiting for?

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What’s holding you back? Is it the fact that you don’t quite look the way you want to? Is it the fact that you are only a 22 year old college student? Is it because you don’t know what to say? When you step back and really think about it, life is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. If you want to grow as a person, you NEED to step out of your comfort zone.

Step out of your comfort zone

This is in my opinion the only way that you can become the person that you know you deserve to become. If you never step out of your comfort zone, you aren’t ever going to grow. The first steps you need to do is identify where you are trying to get. After you identify where you are trying to get, create a plan of action on how you can get there.

If you are scared to create videos like with the example above, then go out and buy a Kodak zi8 or a Flip and create a 30 second video! You can even use the script of “Hi my name is _______ and I’d just like to say thank you for becoming my Facebook/YouTube friend.” TADA!!! You’ve got your first video up! (This is a great way to meet you contacts on facebook if you tell them a little bit about yourself in this video and tell them that you’d love to learn more about them.)

It’s the simple steps that will create long-term success for you. If it’s something else that you are trying to accomplish, break it down into a few steps that you can do. Do one of these steps, and then you are one step closer to becoming WHO you want to BE.

Just Do It

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Here is just one simple step to stepping out of your comfort zone. In my opinion, facing your fears is one of the single greatest things that you can do in order to improve your life. Think about it this way;

If you do what youve always doneyoull get what you always got.” -Mark Twain

It’s up to you whether you are going to make the change. It’s not up to me or up to this blog post. It’s up to you taking action on this and really getting uncomfortable so that you can truly grow to be the person you want to be.

What are some personal experiences that you have had that have improved your life by stepping out of your comfort zone? Have you done anything that you were completely scared of that has improved your life dramatically? Do you have any tips for anyone looking to improve their life? Please leave your responses below so that we can turn this into a helpful tool for everyone looking to improve themselves and step out of their comfort zone.

Chris Hughes

Chris loves learning, going on adventures, surfing and having fun. Chris on Google+

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Kellie - July 22, 2010 Reply

Love the logo Chris, also enjoyed your post very much for a few reasons. I have never thought to do the credit of photos the way you did it and I really like that. I try to use original but it's not always do-able.

Second, I don't even believe in a comfort zone but if I did you would have pulled me out of it with this post. Many people live doing what they've always done out of habit as you mentioned so it's great to think in terms of curved instead of out of the box. 🙂

Enjoyed it a lot and I'll be returning!

Abundant Blessings,
Kellie

Joseph McDevitt - July 23, 2010 Reply

Hey Chris, great post! Comfort zone is one of the topics on my list of future posts. You did a great job explaining how to face your fears and step out of your comfort zone.

Also, I really enjoyed the audio, and having your post read aloud. Nice touch!

Thanks for the very informative post!
Joseph McDevitt

daveanddawncook - July 23, 2010 Reply

Chris,

Good stuff my friend! I just completed a similar post on your comfort zone this week this as well, but I called it “Do Your Leadership Skills SUCK!” A little different approach to the same results.

I like the odiogo feature too and make it easy to listen rather than reading the entire post. Although I did read along with it. I even noticed that my lips were moving. lol

Thanks for sharing!
Dave and (Dawn)

Angela Paige - July 24, 2010 Reply

Love it Chris! It is always scary stepping out of your comfort zone but it pushes you to get better. Thanks for this great encouraging post!

Yorinda - July 24, 2010 Reply

Hi Chris,

thanks for your post.

I love that quote: “If you do what you‘ve always done, you‘ll get what you always got.” -Mark Twain.
The suggestion to make 30 second video sounds like a great way to ease into making videos.

I was scared to be visible with my name on the net, but thanks to a great coach I worked through that and got a website up which was on No 1 on Google in two weeks. Yeeha.

Love and light
from
Yorinda

Howieperks - July 24, 2010 Reply

Hey Chris,

Great article! I too felt the same as you did when it came to make my 1st videos. It wasn't that I was afraid of the camera, it was wanting it to be perfect. So, I would procrastinate and was indecisive about what to say in the very beginning. It all came down to just DOING it! Once I got out of my own way it started to become fun 😉 Great work on you videos, I've seen them around YouTube. I Look forward to connecting more!

In Success,
Howie Perks

Nicole Rushin - July 25, 2010 Reply

Everything good in life is on the other side of fear. I am scared everyday, but figure there must be some good prize on the other side. I have something I am scared of right now and have been putting it off since Friday. Maybe I should just break through and do it! Thanks for this post.

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Hey Nicole being scared everyday is a sign that you're growing personally each day 🙂

Don't put it off anymore!!! 😀 If there's anything I can help with let me know!

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Hey Howie, perfection is something that prevents us from doing a lot of things I feel like. You broke through the barrier and now are enjoying your videos, that's awesome dude!

Thanks for stopping by, I should be putting together more YouTube videos soon. It's been a while since I recorded a personal one for the blog here.

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Thanks Yorina, I was hoping that the little suggestion would be a good starting point for certain people who haven't created their first video 🙂

It takes a great coach to help you break through your barriers, great work on finding a coach! Congrats on achieving the number 1 spot too, that's terrific!

If there's anything I can help you with just let me know.

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

My pleasure Angela, thank you for the comment 🙂

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Thanks Dave and Dawn! I'll need to check out your recent post! ahaha I'm glad that the odiogo feature is working good and being helpful. 🙂

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Nice Joseph! Thank you for the comment, when you finish up the post on comfort zones be sure to send me over the link so I can read it! The audio touch is called odiogo and it's pretty easy to install.

Chris Hughes - July 26, 2010 Reply

Thanks Kellie! The photo thing is a plug-in called “Photo Dropper” and works great for handling photos for me. I never knew the proper way of citing them and now it helps me out quite a bit 🙂

I know that i've had a bunch of experiences the past 2-3 weeks that have been outside of my comfort zone and that i've learned lessons from all of these experiences.

I hope this has helped you with thinking outside the box a little 🙂

kiaran finn - July 31, 2010 Reply

Hi Chris great Post – One of life's great mysteries – how attracted we are to the comfort zone which is actually a misnomer for most 'cause it's usually not that comfortable!

Fear of a myriad of things that will probably never happen is the big chain around so many peoples neck.

The enemy of fear is RISK and the habit of making decisions regularly and acting on them leads to pastures new. You're right doing the same thing over won't produce different results!

I like the expression 'everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die!'

Cheers Kiaran

Chris Hughes - August 2, 2010 Reply

Thanks Kiaran, i've been testing my comfort zone a lot lately and have found that my comfort zones have expanded quite a bit over the past 6 months or so.

FEAR = False Expectations Appearing Real 🙂

oooh, great expression! Where did you find that?

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