CHAPTER 1Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

—Anonymous

As you embark on any change strategy from doing things the way you have always done them, you will need to start first with yourself and your attitude about change. This must happen before transformation can really take place. So let's spend some time discussing how to move forward before we move into some of the team strategies.

Let's face it, we all want to be comfortable in life. At times, factors such as managing change, reaching new levels of performance, and establishing stretch goals can be difficult, if not exhausting. After many years in this business, you want to feel you've arrived at a special place in life and can enjoy the fruits of your labor. Over time you fall into the comfort zone. Life can be repetitive and boring. You know what to expect at every turn. This leads to complacency, and for some of us it is easy to fall into a rut. You've heard the adage time and time again, “We are all creatures of habit.” There's a lot of comfort in knowing your routines and what's around the corner. But sometimes these repetitive routines can be like boundaries that hold us back and keep us inwardly focused, thus keeping us from experiencing new things. When you have a set of predetermined activities and approaches that become second nature, you are then able to minimize ...

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