Redesigning Your Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

There once was this criminal who had committed a crime and he was sent to the king for his punishment. The king told him he had a choice of two punishments. One, he could be hung by a rope. Or two take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, mysterious door.

The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked: “By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?”

The king laughed and said: “You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.”

“So,” said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? I mean, I won’t tell anyone,” he said, pointing to the noose around his neck.

The king paused then answered:?“Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”

Is fear getting in your way??

Is fear keeping you inside your comfort zone??

Does this self-talk track sound familiar??

  • What if I fail??
  • What if it does not work??

What is possible with a new self-talk track??

  • What if it DOES work??
  • What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  • What steps can I take??

You see, nothing BIG happens when you wait. Nothing BIG happens when you stay inside your comfort zone.?

Are you too comfortable being comfortable??

Is it time to re-design your comfort zone??

You can never become an expert in working for sale by owners; you’ll never get better at capturing expired listings; on-line leads; geography farming or open houses by staying comfortable. To become an expert in these things you must get comfortable being uncomfortable.?

Eight steps to consider in getting more comfortable being uncomfortable:?

  1. Take nothing for granted.?
  2. Switch up your routine.?
  3. Move toward your fears.?
  4. Give up control.?
  5. Try something new until you feel comfortable.?
  6. Ask the questions that other people won’t ask. ?
  7. Start conversations with strangers, with more people.?
  8. Agree to something you wouldn’t normally consider.

Fear is a natural and essential part of growth. Every time we consciously choose to step outside of our comfort zone, the next uncomfortable thing becomes a little bit easier.?

What will you choose today the uneasiness of uncomfortableness or the comfort of the status quo??


About the Author
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of JP & Associates, a rapidly growing full-service real estate brokerage. He is focused primarily on expansion and productivity. He has invested nearly 20 years in understanding the inner workings of high performing real estate agents, teams, managers, and leaders in major markets across the world. In prior assignments, he served as a Business Coach, in progressive leadership capacities for the 5th largest US-based real estate brokerage firm; in sales and customer marketing leadership capacities for a major consumer goods company; and served a stint in the US Army, Medical Service Corp. He was later recalled to active duty during the desert storm campaign.

Mark is a father of 3, lifelong learner, Spartan and adventure athlete. He earned his MBA from California State University and a Behavioral Change Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine. A number of years ago he decided to make "One Helluva Move" and not play it safe, and since then in his spare time he has climbed the world’s tallest free-standing mountain - Kilimanjaro; completed the Spartan tri-fecta, the LA Marathon and the world-famous Iowa border to border RABGRAI ride among other crazy adventures.