“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” —Brian Tracy
Did you just turn down an opportunity to try something new? It could’ve been a new career opportunity, the chance to learn something new in your current position, or even the opportunity to try a new hobby.
Why did you turn it down? Was it because you are too busy or just didn’t want to try it? Or was it because it was outside of your comfort zone?
I’ve got news for you, friend. Your comfort zone will never help you get closer to your dreams and goals.
Staying in a place where you are comfortable, doing the same thing you’ve always done, will only bring you what you’ve gotten in the past.
If you are unhappy with that, then it’s time to get uncomfortable!
Pressing the power button on my MacBook Air multiple times, I found myself faced with nothing but a black screen. I plugged the charger in, closed the laptop and waited a few hours.
Okay, let’s try this again.
I opened the laptop and pressed my index finger firmly on the power button. Nothing. I tried it again… and again… and again.
With several projects due, one of which I had not backed up to my separate hard drive in a week, I started to feel a tightness in my chest that I had not felt in years. Looking around at the people in the little Caribbean rum shop where I had gone to get free Wi-Fi, I tried to calm myself down and appear normal. I asked the girl behind the bar if she knew of any Apple stores on the island.
No. Of course, this wasn’t going to be so easy here.
There has been a lengthy silence here at Prepare to Tack. I will not apologize for that silence because, to put it bluntly, I’m not sorry. Not one little bit.
Yes, I offer career coaching services through Prepare to Tack, but that’s not really what this site is all about. Prepare to Tack is all about discovering and pursuing your passion, creating a life that you’ve always dreamed of.
Want to have a better chance at reaching your goals? The key to actually achieving your goals is to hold yourself accountable and stop making excuses.
In my experience, one of the best ways to hold myself accountable is to share my goal with someone. Tell someone about your goal and you will find that you are more committed towards making it happen. Trust me—it works! I’ll come back to this a little bit later…
Have you found your passion but don’t want it to be your money-maker?
Maybe you’re not exactly sure that you want to encompass your career around your passion, or maybe it’s just not possible. Perhaps, you prefer to have a career that you enjoy, which allows you time to pursue your passion.
What does self-love have to do with your career success?
Over the holidays, I read Alyse Brautigam’s new e-book, Love Yourself: A 10 Step Guide to Becoming the Best Version of Yourself. While I do not follow the exact same diet principals as Alyse, I find immense value in her thoughts and ideas regarding the importance of self-love. As I was reading her book, I couldn’t help but think of how self-love applies to career success.
Is the busyness of the holiday season tempting you to put your new career change on the back burner?
Developing a new career can seem like a full load to take on, especially during the holiday season. Maybe you are working a full time job while developing your new career in the evenings and on weekends. Pile a lot of holiday expectations and events on top of that, and you may soon find yourself stressed out and a bit lost when it comes to what to do next.
As an American, this is the time of year that I tend to reflect on the people and things I am grateful for. There’s just something about expressing gratitude that makes me feel good. It seems to calm any stresses that are going on in my life, helps me focus on the positive things that are happening, and gives me a better outlook. Not only that, but it also motivates me. With that said, it begs the question, why do we only take time out for this once a year? And more importantly, why aren’t we practicing gratitude when it comes to our careers?