Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” Do something different. Step outside your comfort zone. I have done exactly that several times in the past several years: I started this blog. Changed roles at work. Twice! Changed departments once. I was able to do this because: I believe in myself and my capabilities; I am not content to stay put; and I push myself to learn new things, have new experiences, and GROW.
While that’s a word I used, a quick search led me to discover it is also an acronym for a coaching framework for goal-setting. Perfect! I want to share these simple steps, which might help you when devising a plan for reaching your goals and pursuing your dreams.
G = Goal – This is your end point where you want to be, what you want to have, or what you are trying to accomplish
R = Reality – This is where you are currently.What is preventing you from reaching your goal or pursuing that dream?
O = Obstacles, Options – What obstacles are preventing you from doing that thing you want? Identify the obstacles, and then “step outside the box” and look at options for tackling that obstacle.
W = Way Forward – This is where you examine those options and devise your path forward.
Take some time to jot down those answers those questions and think about what you are trying to achieve. So now you have examined your options, and plotted your path, what’s stopping you? It’s time to make that change, do something different, and reach your goals. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Have the courage to step outside your comfort zone, try something new, and pursue your dreams. Like Walt Disney said, “All our dreams CAN come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” You never know until you get out there.
Have you tried something different, outside of your comfort zone lately?