Each one of us has comfort zones. Comfort zones are behavioral states usually without a sense of risk. Just like in physics particularly the “Law of Inertia”, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that zone without stepping outside of it. To step outside a person’s comfort zone, they must experiment with new and different behaviours, and then experience the new and different responses that then occur within their environment. However, highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish.
Kiyosaki described in his Cashflow Quadrant that 90% of the world’s population belong to the E (Employee) and S (Self-Employed). They either have a job or own their jobs, but both of which generate active income. In contrast, only 10% belong to the B (Business Owner) and I (Investor). They operate a passive-income generating asset that works even if they are not there.
For all those who knew me personally, I got out of my comfort zone for the past 18 months by literally burning my eye brows. Everyday, I rarely get enough sleep for that whole 18-month period. With the use of an internet connection and a laptop, I was able to ride and take advantage of the make money online niche. Sad to say, it stopped because search engines became stricter notwithstanding the crab mentality of some bloggers who continuously pulled our group down because of envy.
Still, even when I got out of my comfort zone that time, I was in the S (Self-Employed) Quadrant. I own a job that took almost all of my time. I traded time for money starting over everyday at zero. But everything is all worth it. All the sleepless nights were rewarded.
Having experienced to get out of my comfort zone, I can say that it takes a lot of effort. Currently, I’m now back at my comfort zone and as I search for another venture to get out of comfort zone once again, I took the risk to involve myself in a network marketing business.
I know this isn’t an easy venture. Looking at the success rate of those who joined, there are a lot more who quit and failed. I am poised to handle failures and rejections. Failures are always an important ingredient of success.
I encourage everyone to get out of your comfort zones. Get yourself a mentor. You don’t have to totally leave your job but get something done out of your comfort zones. It can be any type of business or an endeavor you see it as your passion. As the saying goes: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” However, if you get out of your comfort zones and put your best foot forward in that field, expect that “you’ll always get better than what you’re always used to get.”
As an ending to this article, I would like to share with you a very nice poem I’ve read about getting out of your comfort zones.
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like a jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.
If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at once filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!