Rachel Nies / October 11th, 2022
A while back, I told you about how much I enjoyed my comfort zone, in contrast to my risk-taking husband, in a blog titled 7 Do’s and Don’ts for the Risk-Adverse Printer.
These days, I’m still not riding kayaks off of cliffs or participating in family skydiving events like the one below; however, that doesn’t mean my comfort zone hasn’t been shrinking.
Stepping out of a comfort zone will look different from one person or business to the next. For some, it could be as simple as one step in an unknown direction. For others, stepping out means the daily battle of fighting their way toward a goal they’ve been working on for years.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone.
To move outside of your comfort zone, you must first learn what it’ll take to motivate you there.
After decades of overthinking, I’ve come to understand the number one thing that pushes me out of my comfort zone is not the adrenaline rush (a.k.a. absolute terror!) of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Rather, I am motivated to get uncomfortable if it means helping someone else succeed… like printers!
Recently, my comfort zone and my love for helping printers collided in a new project here at MI4P called the Tip of the Week.
These two- to three-minute videos seemed like a no-brainer. They helped to build a consistent connection with our printers and provided a helpful resource for them as they were grinding away in the busy, daily trenches of running a print business.
There was just one problem. Videos focused on connection require a face to connect to, which meant I had to get over myself… and quickly.
I never realized how many weird faces I made until they kept randomly popping up as video thumbnail options. They had me both laughing out loud and seriously considering returning to my comfort zone of writing behind the camera versus speaking in front of it.
There’s a famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt that can be hard to hear and even harder to implement.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t read that quote and instantly think, “Pain and difficulty? Yay! Sign me up!” (Do you?)
But Roosevelt is right.
As an example, we here at MI4P have been faithfully (and fiercely) working on a Print Management Information System (MIS) solution for a while now.
And, you know what? Not only was it a big step out of our comfort zones of website, direct mail, social media, and email marketing, but the development of Odyssey 2.0 checked all of those boxes Roosevelt mentioned.
But it’s WORTH doing. Why? Because it’s NEEDED to help printers like you succeed in selling more printing, and we refuse to just sit idly by and watch.
No matter where you end up outside of your comfort zone, we’re here to walk beside you, funny faces and all.
All the best,