Have you ever had a task ahead of you that completely made you uncomfortable?
Did you ever feel like you knew you had to do something to reach your goal, but it would push you out of your comfort zone?
No one likes the feeling of being uncomfortable. For many, the feeling alone, prevents them from pursuing a dream or trying something new.
This weekend, I watched my sons as they were pushed out of their comfort zones. How they both handled it, surprised me. However, what I realized is that it doesn't matter the age, the end results of being pushed out of your comfort zone are not different.
My boys decided that they want to start a lawn mowing business for the summer.
They are both snowboarders and would like new equipment next year. We've always been the type of family that buys used equipment for the kids, due to the fact that it lasts one, maybe two seasons before they out grow it.
But this year is different.
My oldest is a teenager and my youngest is a tween. So obviously having new equipment is important to them.
In order for them to be able to buy what they want, they decided that they will make money this summer, so they can contribute – and the obvious choice is to start mowing lawns.
This weekend was their weekend to make flyers and take them to the houses in the neighborhood.
Boy was this uncomfortable for them. In fact my oldest wouldn't do it. He couldn't push himself out of his comfort zone.
My youngest, on the other hand, made a commitment. He knew that in order to get the business and make the money, he had to push through.
He could see the end result, and that was more important than being uncomfortable.
I walked with him, and the first couple of houses we visited, you could feel the awkwardness. Heck, I felt uncomfortable and I was only holding the flyers!
After the first 3 or 4 houses, he wasn't worried anymore. In fact, some of the houses he even knocked on the door and talked to the home owners.
So, why am I sharing this story with you?
Experiencing this with my two sons and watching how each of them worked through their uncomfortableness, made me realize that it doesn't matter how old you are when you start a business or try something new, being uncomfortable is some pretty powerful stuff.
When you feel as if you are being pushed out of your comfort zone, you have two choices:
1. Retreat and stay paralyzed with fear – which leads to nowhere.
2. Push forward and move beyond – eventually it won't be uncomfortable anymore.
You decide. The choice is yours!
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