Comfort zones can feel restricting sometimes, yet we often depend on them – the familiar routines, old habits, and old friends. Comfort zones provide a place for us to hide out from the world. It’s the thing that we believe keeps us stable and headed in the right direction. We feel safe and less vulnerable in our comfort zones.
The truth is that greatness is born of change and risk, not comfort zones. It can be difficult to identify self-sabotaging behaviors and correct them once they’ve become ingrained in our everyday life. Use the 7 questions below to discover bad habits and unlock your potential.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Mother Theresa or Mohatma Ghandi), think about what level your spiritual development might be on. Once you’ve discovered your level, how might you uplift your spirituality a level or two?
- Think about that scale of 1 to 10 again. Determine where you might fall when it comes to continuing education or personal development. When is the last time you attended a relevant conference, completed a course, or enlisted the help of a coach?
- Give, in order to receive. How do you prioritize service work for others?
- I’ve heard it said that you are either at the table or on the table. The last thing you want is to be on the chopping block. Think about the last time you received a bonus. How will you earn your next bonus?
- How you spend your time counts. What tools could you use to better balance your time?
- We can find ourselves in a state of fear, whether real or imagined. Fear can cause us to make our ambitions and ourselves smaller. What are you afraid of on a daily basis?
- Most people with low self-esteem inherited the low opinion of themselves from someone else – a spouse, parent, peers, etc. It is up to you to own your own narrative. You can be fearless, inspiring, sharp, or knowledgeable. What is your story?
This blog post was inspired by one of the many self-assessments included in my book, Hangin’ Round The Barrel – How To Get Paid What You’re Worth and Be Worth What You’re Paid.” The book is available for purchase at this link. If you’re inspired by this assessment, Hire Art as a speaker at your next event.