comfort-vs-growth

How often have you found yourself stuck, I mean really stuck in a rut of doing things the same way and getting the same results, even when they aren’t what you want them to be?

Interestingly, these times when we are stuck are often self made.  Why?  Because we often tell ourselves that this is the way that things are or the way that we do them.

The trap that we get ourselves into is that we get comfortable.  In the cleaning business, this is often that we reach a level of competence in certain areas and let those skills keep moving forward.  We simply stop looking to see if there is a better way to do things or we call it good enough.  The opposite side of this concept is that we don’t know what we don’t know, but we no longer feel a need or urgency to find out.

The reason we don’t go farther is that going beyond our comfort level requires effort.

Our brains are wired to stop us from putting forth that extra effort if it isn’t required.  Why should I go out in the cold when it is so warm in here?  It’s comfortable. In many cases this impacts us because there isn’t a pressing need to continue to learn, there isn’t a pressing need to grow, improve or push ourselves.  Sure, whenever we start something new, we put a lot of effort into it to develop the new skill or competency.  But once we’ve reached a level where we can function well and complete our requirements, that extra effort just isn’t appealing any more and often subconsciously we evaluate, is it worth the effort or not?

So if it is natural to fall into this “Comfort Zone”, what do we do to push the limits, to have a continued desire to push ourselves, to learn and to discover?  How do we find, and then break through our upper limits?

Thankfully in life, we have challenges.   It may be at work, it may be dealing with your child, your relationship with your spouse, or doing something for the first time.  Challenges become the opportunities for us to change in meaningful ways and grow.  Whether life designs them for us, or we create them ourselves, challenges are the key to learning, growing and getting out of our comfort zone.

How do we take advantage of opportunities to help us get out of the comfort zone?  The first step is mindset.  We have to change the way that we view our situations.  If we don’t, we’ll continue to see them and be stuck in them.  If you find yourself stuck, wanting to live life more fully and you just can’t seem to get there, then send me an email and let me know what you’re up against.

Consistently staying in the learning zone is not easy.  As shown in the image above, only a few people do it consistently.  But getting yourself into a learning mindset is well worth the effort because it leads to confidence, courage and breakthroughs to new levels that we didn’t know we could attain.

So if you are interested in finding out how you can get past the comfort zones in your cleaning business, reach out to learn something new and let’s work on reaching a new level together.