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These 10 Things Will Happen When You Start Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

These 10 Things Will Happen When You Start Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Most people want to be become successful, pursue their passions, and live a life full of happiness and love. The truth is, making your dreams become a reality requires leaving the comfortable environment and challenging yourself on a regular basis. However, it’s a minority of people who understand the importance of embracing discomfort in order to lead a regretless and fulfilled lifestyle.

Many people fear stepping into the unknown and questioning their abilities. They fear failure, disapproval, and discomfort. Being aware of the thousands of potential obstacles paralyzes them. However, once you make the decision to step out of your comfort zone and fully commit to doing this daily, you’ll experience many amazing things you wouldn’t have otherwise.

In this article, I want to encourage you to become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable by showing you the great consequences of embracing discomfort.

1. You’ll start growing incredibly quickly

“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

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    The moment you fully leave your comfort zone is when you begin developing exceptionally quickly. It’s because the only way to extraordinary results is through discomfort. By constantly questioning yourself, you improve your skills and develop new ones. Every new change serves you as a great source of motivation to keep going.

    It’s a like a snowball effect: a will to change a little implants a deep desire to grow more and more. Over time, you notice the huge transformation that took place in your life.

    2. You’ll begin to love challenging yourself

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      At first, each challenge may seem tough or even impossible. However, once you go through it and deal with whatever life throws at you, you realize how powerful you can become only by accepting the discomfort.

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      Every time you leave your comfort zone and notice the amazing results, you crave more and more. This became especially apparent to me once I began taking cold showers.

      In the beginning, I felt uncomfortable and wanted to finish the shower as soon as possible. What I noticed, however, is the sense of satisfaction that comes afterward. This feeling beats the initial fear and resentment. Over time, the negative emotions disappear completely and you feel excited to stay on track.

      3. You’ll realize all your fears are fictional

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        Coming up with countless excuses which seem reasonable is my brain’s biggest hobby. It’s so good at it that it very often managed to make me believe that I can’t do something. The fact is, and I promise you it’s the truth and not another cliched sentence, your fears that prevent a change are fictional.

        If you don’t train your mind to work for you, it works against you by default. As a result, tons of excuses pop up in your head and paralyze your ability to improve. Sooner or later, you decide to take action and ignore the negative thoughts.

        This is the moment when you realize that you often underestimate your skills and overestimate the power of potential obstacles. What seemed impossible turned out to be doable and even enjoyable.

        Whatever your current goal is that you postpone over and over again, I’d like you to mute the voice that encourages you to put it off and begin working on it, starting either today or tomorrow.

        You have my word that the results will amaze you!

        4. You’ll replace regret with excitement.

        Living a comfortable life isn’t exciting. It seems nice and warm during the day, but once you go to bed and contemplate another day which went by in which you made zero progress toward your goals, the magic is replaced with a bitter regret.

        Fortunately, there’s an alternative. It starts with stepping outside your comfort zone. You commit to progress every single day. Even if you move only a tiny bit, it’s still a huge accomplishment.

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        At the end of the day, there are no regrets or annoyances. Instead, you feel incredible about yourself and excited to conquer the next day.

        5. You’ll laugh at your past self.

        “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”

        Robin S. Sharma

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          The longer you travel the paths of discomfort, the more you laugh at your past weak self. You notice your bygone excuses and problems were made-up and absurd. Your current self isn’t afraid of challenges or failures. You are prepared to mess up from time to time; however, it’s never a reason not to do something.

          As I began the journey of self-improvement, I finally understood that your current struggles become a reason to laugh in the future. It all depends on your perspective and attitude.

          The same problem or challenge can be a real can of worms or a piece of cake. Whatever it is, it’s always fully up to you.

          6. You’ll find out more about your strengths and weaknesses.

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            Constantly questioning yourself leads to discovering your good and bad sides. Each challenge is a new life lesson. Whether you complete it successfully or fail miserably, there’s always some value added to your life.

            You can’t learn about your true self by lying on the couch, eating nachos, and watching another season of your favorite show. If something is nice and cozy, it probably provides zero value or even worsens your situation.

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            Let’s have a look at eating patterns as an example.

            Eating fast food feels good at first, since the food companies spare no effort to make us crave their products. But in reality, it’s always damaging both to your health and mood. The exact opposite is true of eating healthy, unprocessed foods. If you are used to consuming junk, it’s uncomfortable initially, but over time, you are proud of making the switch.

            The lesson you learn from this shift is that you can actually control what you put on your plate and choose long-term health over short-term gratification.

            7. You’ll boost your self-confidence.

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              Experiencing the results of your hard work and how powerful you are once you decide to be unstoppable improves your self-confidence significantly.

              A person who fears stepping out of their comfort zone is simply unaware of their abilities and competencies. However, once discomfort knocks at your door and you open it with a smile on your face, ready to transform yourself, your self-confidence shoots up You realize that whether you can or you can’t is absolutely up to you. Taking that responsibility makes you the master of your own universe, where you start to truly believe in yourself.

              8. You’ll create a new source of incredible satisfaction.

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                Most comfortable activities seem satisfying on the surface, while, in reality, true fulfillment and joy take place outside of your comfort zone.

                When I finish a freezing cold shower, I feel great and pumped up for new challenges awaiting for me this very day. When I complete a chapter of my new book, I feel amazing because of making progress.

                Same goes for completing a hardcore workout in the gym.

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                All these activities have one thing in common: the initial phase requires pushing yourself to do them, but once it’s over, you feel like a god.

                9. You’ll realize the only way to success leads through discomfort.

                “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

                Neale Donald Walsch

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                  Over time, you notice the correlation between discomfort and worthwhile things in life. Oftentimes, one does not exist without the other. Short-term discomfort leads to long-term improvement and success.

                  Based on my personal experience, most of the achievements I’m proud of started with leaving my comfort zone. The fact is, things we want to accomplish require hard work and perseverance. You can’t expect great satisfaction and contentment from easy and mediocre stuff. If it scares you, that’s a good sign!

                  10. You’ll begin inspiring people around you.

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                    When your attitude changes drastically, people begin to watch you more carefully and feel inspired by your results. They see that being an average person or an outstanding individual is only a choice and not a foredoom.

                    Even if some folks discourage you in the beginning, ignore their voices. As the time goes by and you stick to your own rules, you stop looking for others’ approval.

                    Sooner or later, the naysayers will either become overwhelmed by your results and inspired to change their minds, or you’ll no longer hear them.

                    To make your life easier, separate yourself from the negative energy so that you remove another potential obstacle and make your path toward success more transparent.

                    There’s one priceless feeling you’ll definitely experience provided you embrace discomfort: when people around you start talking about the changes you have made and how you inspired them to do the same. The motivation which comes from that is immeasurable.

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                    Oskar is a blogger and the author of "Brightening: The Positive Attitude That Will Change Your Life"

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                    14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                    14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                    Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

                    In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

                    For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

                    For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

                    Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

                    Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

                    Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

                    How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

                    Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

                    1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

                    Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

                    For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

                    2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

                    Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

                    Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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                    Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

                    3. Create a System

                    Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

                    This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

                    You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

                    Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

                    Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

                    4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

                    We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

                    If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

                    Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

                    Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

                    5. Use a Ratings Scale

                    Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

                    Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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                    It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

                    6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

                    This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

                    You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

                    You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

                    7. Offer Feedback Forms

                    Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

                    First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

                    Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

                    You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                    8. Track Cost Effectiveness

                    This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

                    Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

                    Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

                    9. Use Self-Evaluations

                    Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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                    Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

                    10. Monitor Time Management

                    This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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                      The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

                      While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                      11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

                      We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

                      Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

                      For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

                      Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

                      Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

                      From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

                      12. Utilize Peer Feedback

                      This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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                      Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

                      Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

                      It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

                      13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

                      When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

                      Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

                      Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

                      14. Use an External Evaluator

                      Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

                      They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

                      While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

                      The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

                      The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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