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It's Time! (Secrets to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone)

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There is a common misconception that being world-class is reserved for the elite few. We can’t all be in the top .01% at work or in our sport, but we can learn how to think like those who are.

The result?

We start to make consistent progress at what’s important to us even after setbacks, failures and disappointments. One secret to get the ball rolling is to be at peace with getting outside your comfort zone.

According to Dr. Anders Ericsson, an international expert on the science of expertise and the author of Peak (, getting outside of your comfort zone is one of the most important factors in "purposeful practice."

Keep the following in mind if you want to dream big, do small and make consistent progress on being amazing at what’s important to you:

  1. Try Something You Couldn’t Do Before.
    Maybe you’re told to try a two-handed backhand to improve your tennis game, or at work you need to take on new responsibilities. In your pursuit of your personal best, it’s important to take action even when you’re not sure how it will work out. 
  2. Try Different.
    Rather than try harder, it may be time to try different. In other words, when the going gets tough, find ways to maneuver the obstacles. 
  3. Get a Teacher, Coach, or Mentor.
    Just like it’s difficult to prick our own finger, it can be challenging at best to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone. Dr. Ericsson recommends someone who has already experienced the obstacles you are and can offer advice on how to make adjustments.

Being willing to step outside your comfort zone (and then taking action:) is a trait of a world-class performer. The good news is that there are clear steps you can follow, so you can accelerate your progress. Start with trying something you couldn’t do before, doing it a different way if you stumble and find someone who can role model the way for you, and you’ll be off to the races.

Here's to you being amazing!

Mental Toughness is the tool belt or catalyst which helps you to make consistent progress and to be happy along the way. Please check out the library of (free) resources on my website ( or schedule an appointment with me if you’d like to learn more!

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