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Pragmatism: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Do not live in your imagination. Be pragmatic. Make efforts to step out of your comfort zone. You have only one life. Find the motivation you need every day to build it successfully!

Zig Ziglar said:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”

Spot on. A daily dose of positive words can resonate in your spirit and feed your strength and creativity to help you fulfil your destiny. If you are trapped in your comfort zone, chances are that you are afraid of struggling and facing reality.

In your imagination, your Plan A and Plan B sound logic and the road to success is pretty much straightforward. In reality, it’s totally different and the shock between your imagination and real life struggles blocks you from taking that step outside your comfort zone. Yet, the truth is that you are not that comfortable where you are right now. So jump into the real world and grow.

It doesn’t matter if you are a student, an underpaid employee or an unemployed person. Your status in the professional world doesn’t take away the fact that you are a CEO. Indeed, you are your life’s own CEO and no-one can take this away from you. Your life is your very first business. You possess the divine right to run it as you wish. Here are pointers to succeed if you are the type of person in question.

Be teachable

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How did you react the last time someone criticized you – no matter how harsh it sounded? Do you refuse to accept harsh truths or constructive criticism once the words are pronounced by someone you don’t really appreciate or admire? How do you react to things that are outside your area of knowledge? Do you often hold prejudiced views?

If you do, the first thing is to admit it. The second thing is to work on avoiding negative emotional reactions. There is a lot to learn from everything and everyone at any moment.

Discipline is key. Between the person you ‘want’ to become or the level you ‘want’ to reach, and the steps you must take to achieve your target, there is the word ‘need’. Change is going to unsettle you. Change is going to hurt and you certainly don’t want to get hurt but that’s what you would need for you to get what you want. Be teachable and learn how to adapt to change.

What separates losers from winners in a game is not necessarily talent or passion, but the quality of preparation and tactics applied to face the game with a winning mentality. This is why – in competitive team sports – underdogs can upset favourites. In the same way, you can turn the tables around with a winning mentality.

This is when you need courage to affront your fears and discipline to be taught what you must learn to excel. Push yourself outside the boundaries set in your mind. Be ready to fight until you become exhausted as long as it’s worth it. Do things that your future self will thank your present self for. Upgrade yourself.

Be sociable

photo-1With the massive importance of social networks in the 21st century, you should be aware of the power of networking – whether through social media or real life meetings. However, the importance of being sociable is not just to find business opportunities.

On a personal level, it will teach you how to behave around people – strangers, colleagues or relatives. One thing to note is that the choice of being sociable has a lot to do with your vision of the world around you. It is okay to be selective but make sure the real reason why you may have very few friends – or no friend at all – isn’t because of you, in the first place.

In other words, if that is the case, work towards being more open-minded and pleasant to be around. Check your attitude. Don’t just look at people or assume things about them based on their appearances. Connect with them. Raise your Social IQ.

Start by associating yourself with people with whom you share common interests and experience the goodness of sharing ideas, compliments or helpful information instead of keeping to yourself. Sharing is the most efficient way to give out and attract good vibes within your corresponding circles. The less you isolate yourself, the easier it will be for you to receive a helping hand.

Renew your motivation

Start by setting small targets and short deadlines. When you fail to meet those targets, don’t give up. Multiply your efforts and give it another try even if it sucks the energy out of you. Even passionate athletes experience tiredness. It’s called making efforts but what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. No pain, no gain. However, if you are reluctant to make efforts, you might come up with excuses which would most likely keep you trapped in your comfort zone.

Successful people have two things in common: a renewable source of motivation and a level of discipline to be pragmatic by generating efforts when needed. Both are needed to go through tough cycles and come out victorious.

In the same way, develop your go-getter spirit. You are like a marathon runner. You need to activate your mind and soul regularly to surpass yourself.

Reset your priorities to control your time

color-correct-coffeeAt the end of each day, are you satisfied with the progress you’ve made?

If you keep failing to reach your targets, change your tactics. Think outside the box or seek advice from people around you. Be teachable, not stubborn. Be bold, not timid. Dreams can become real only if you wake up from your sleep to make them happen.

Not everyone has money, but everyone has time. It all depends how you use it. The moment we come into this world, our life’s clock starts turning. Are you investing too much energy and time in things or people who are less likely to push you forward? Reset your life’s clock by resetting your priorities. Time will pass, anyway! Make good use of it before it’s too late. Be pragmatic. Just do it.

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