3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

You’ve definitely been told at various points in your life that you need to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Maybe you’ve been at a restaurant and have been nervous to try a new dish. Maybe you’ve been in the same position at the same job for too many years, and now it’s time for a bigger change. In any one of these cases, it’s probably time to break out in order to really succeed. You simply can’t find new successes without trying new things. That’s not to mention that studies have linked breaking out of your comfort zone with increased productivity, creativity, and lowered stress. Even though it might not appear to be “comfortable”, there are some painless ways to step out of your comfort zone: Take baby steps Even US Olympians and Navy SEALs rely on baby-steps to achieve their huge goals and step out of their comfort zones. That’s because Harvard research suggests that breaking down your goals into tiny, daily steps is the easiest way to reach those huge successes. Rather than jumping into the deep end (literally or figuratively), take a few steps out of the shallow end today. If you’re thinking of opening a business, for instance, Forbes suggests you “interview one business owner.”  Before you know it, you’ll have taken huge leaps and your comfort zone will be a faraway distant memory. Be curious Ginny Rometty, CEO of IBM, once said “The most important thing for any of us to be in our jobs is curious.” If you’re not sure where to take baby-steps, take a page from Rometty and...
3 Simple Phrases That Will Supercharge Your Leadership

3 Simple Phrases That Will Supercharge Your Leadership

Whether you’re leading your team, or just trying to be a leader in the office, the biggest, most powerful tool you have is free and right at the tip of your tongue. That’s right, it’s your words! By communicating the right way, you can easily inspire, motivate, and elevate everyone around you. Here are some phrases and ways to pull it off: “We can do it” The more times you say this the easier it becomes for you and others to believe it. Say it enough and you’ll be a leader with the success mentality that everything is possible. The likes of Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, and Sara Blakely never said “it can’t be done” to their team right off the bat–so don’t go there. That’s because true leaders let every team member flex their wings and test out their unique skills, regardless of their track record. Granted, this doesn’t translate to hopeless optimism. When you’re trying something new and entering uncharted territory, you should always have deadlines and you shouldn’t be afraid to do a complete 180 at the drop of a hat. But you’ll always need that “we can do it” attitude to find innovation. “How can I do that better?” “We cannot change what we are not aware of,” said Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, “and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” In most cases, leaders are good at what they do … and they know it. But even leaders like Sandberg know they can use pointers from time to time. You’re doing both yourself and others a disservice if you pretend to know everything. Your team will...
3 Easy Ways to Get Inspired Everyday

3 Easy Ways to Get Inspired Everyday

With a million and a half things to tackle, sometimes all you can do is keep your head above water. It’s times like these where you might feel that passionate flame dwindling, and stop getting those “aha” moments of inspiration. If you ever find yourself feeling in a rut at work, you need an inspiration intervention. Because who has the time to wait for inspiration to strike again? Getting inspired and passionate is within your grasp and easily accessible; it just takes a little elbow grease sometimes. Try something completely random Steve Jobs famously said “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” He attributes a lot of his motivation and success to trying new things, even if he couldn’t see how they directly connected to his future goals. Taking a calligraphy class, for instance, was a source of inspiration to use beautiful typefaces on the first Mac computer. Even if you’re not reinventing the computer, you should do something similar. Try that new cooking class or project, even if they don’t directly correlate with your bottom line. It will not only lead to fun, but it’s one of the greatest ways to get inspired everyday! Act like a little kid If you’re feeling uninspired due to the day-to-day monotony, pretending to be 7-years-old again is a perfect way to rekindle that spark. If you’re giving this advice the side eye, a study featured on the Wall Street Journal showed that those who imagined themselves as 7-year-olds scored significantly higher on...

What If Everything Is Possible?

When you understand what is holding you back, you’ll realize that everything is possible.   In college, everything seemed possible with a straight-A average. So after long, lecture-filled days I would come back to my dorm-room exhausted, and think about all of the ways to whittle down which job I would take to revolutionize finance for the better. First, I would immediately say “nope” to any place that didn’t follow my mission to a T. Then, I needed to have a huge impact at the company, and would make sure the firm was filled with empowered women — a place that wasn’t an “old boys’ club”. Another must-have — they wanted to make sure everyone could get the best financial advice possible. About a year later, my job qualifications had whittled down to “they pay me money”, “they treat women slightly like people”, “they’re making some effort to be honest”, and “I’m doing slightly more than fetching coffee”. Ever since my mother’s struggle to get honest financial advice, I wanted to make a positive difference in the field. But with a degree in chemistry and English and no connections in finance, it seemed almost impossible to even get my foot in the door. About a decade later, well five minutes ago to be exact, I had stepped out of a marketing meeting. I’d been discussing with my team how LexION Capital can make our top-tier, transparent financial advice even more accessible.   Looking backward The quotes in my introduction seem pretty humorous at this point — but when J.K. Rowling was scribbling Harry Potter on a napkin while hoping her welfare checks would cover that month’s electric bill, it probably seemed an impossibility that she would...

3 Inspirational Attitudes That Will Help You Accomplish the Impossible

How taking on the attitudes of 3 inspirational women can help you accomplish the impossible Maybe you’re fantastic at finance. Perhaps you’ve come up with a new and brilliant idea. Whatever your genius zone, if you want to accomplish the impossible, you won’t get there with the wrong attitude. In life, attitude is everything. Your approach to any situation, feedback or setback may very likely determine your level of success. Now, we’re not saying you’re a “Negative Nancy,” but if you find yourself feeling down, it can be helpful to look at some ladies who’ve done the impossible and get inspiration from their attitudes. So, no matter where you happen to be on your entrepreneurial journey, you can find some inspiration in the attitudes of these powerful women and see where it takes you.   Appreciate everyone “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins, Women’s Rights Activist Being appreciative of others is an excellent life practice, and it is also a scientifically proven way to boost your own happiness. Women’s rights activist Margaret Cousins quickly realized this along her journey, and you can do the same. You can begin with small tasks like getting coffee for your office or sending out “thank you’s”. And while it may not seem life changing, showing a bit of gratitude to people in your life and work will go a long way for you and for them.   Nothing is set in stone “There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you...

Who Inspires You to Take Your Business One Step Further?

YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who inspire them. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but it often comes from other people. Several YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who have inspired them the most. Who inspires you? MAX COURSEY Tiger Prop My Stepfather “He was an eccentric genius who had some peculiar habits, including getting the morning paper naked on a busy street. Not many Oncologists chain smoked while driving a Ford Focus or attended Harvard University and Johns Hopkins. Beyond the eccentricities was the most giving man I have ever met. He was truly happy as he helped others. He always told me to die broke and have as much fun as humanly possible.”[email protected] ZAC JOHNSON Start a Blog My Wife and Family “While I’m the only entrepreneur in my family, it’s still very exciting for me to always keep my wife and family in the loop on whatever I’m currently working on. It’s also great to have a solid family presence built around me to not only bounce new ideas off of (from a non-business perspective), but also for support when things aren’t going as great as planned.”[email protected] KAREN HARTLINE Reinventing Events Walt Disney “I’m a big Disney fan so I have to say Walt Disney. He was a man with a huge imagination and recognized the need to be carefree, have fun and embrace our inner-child. As an event producer, I am responsible for creating unforgettable experiences for attendees. Walt did this with theme parks. Everything has intention and purpose, creating a magical experience.”[email protected] KATE WOSKA Atikus Investments Incorporated Strangers “My work takes me all...