Are you noticing that you’re not seeing the results you used to, generating sales and connecting with new contacts and potential partners? Perhaps you’re just getting started in an MLM business and wonder if you’ll ever achieve what your mentor has or even the high income earners?
If you can relate to this, chances are you need to step out of your comfort zone. It’s may be hard at first because you’re unfamiliar with something that is unknown to you. It’s too easy to say that we know we should be taking risks in order to achieve success, and then not actually follow through. But by making a decision to build a serious business, and disrupting the status quo (even a little!). You’ll need to take smart risks, and you’ll likely discover you’re better equipped and even keen to “go for it” and not just identify your goals but make them happen.
So where do you start to step outside your comfort zone?
Perhaps your goal is to gain five new customers this week, start your own downline of consultants, or even just reach a certain earning rank this month. In what way should you step out of your comfort zone, and what skills will you learn by doing so that will enable you to achieve your dream?
Here are five ways to step out of your comfort zone that can really improve your business. If you’re feeling adventurous you could try all five, but I’d suggest even trying one and proceeding from there.
1. Take a personal development class or seminar. Taking business risks means the possibility of failure. By taking a personal development class you have to “put yourself out there.” At first it’s scary, but the more you do, the more you’ll have fun with it and be able to laugh the awkward moments off.
These are skills that are needed in business. To be able to talk to someone about your business opportunity or even tell him or her why you believe in your product puts you out there. There’s a chance you may be rejected, and with the skills you’ve learned in the class or seminar, you’ll be better at being able to think on your feet, adapt in awkward situations and laugh off the less than pleasant moments. You’ll also be able to look at rejection as a sign of moving forward and not letting it bother you.
2. Open yourself up to scrutiny. Ask for constructive criticism from your mentor, and feedback from your customers and upline. Tell them you want to improve on the way you serve your group and would like to know what it’ll take for you to reach your goals. It’s a scary thing, to ask others to tell you something you might not be ready to hear. But once the feedback is out there, you’ll be able to process them and consider the areas to work on.
3. Talk to prospects in person or over the phone. Reaching out on Facebook, Twitter and through carefully crafted e-newsletters and online proposals is well and good, they are great medians to get leads but you cannot build a Network Marketing business without the phone. Don’t just be another “person with a pitch” who’s easy to ignore online. Quit hiding behind the computer, get out there and make authentic connections.
4. Attend live events. Most likely, it’ll be one put on by the company you represent, but it might even just be a local business or marketing conference. Look for opportunities to meet others who do what you do, learn from those who have been in your shoes and achieved success, gain new ideas and even take a hard look at your business plan.
5. Remember that life is supposed to be challenging. There will be ups and there will be downs. Sometimes the downs are unavoidable or even self-imposed. Challenging moments often don’t feel good, but they do help you to grow. As a result, you’ll get better at what you do. Accept that life is meant to be a challenge, start saying “no” less and “yes” more and you’ll be amazed at what comes your way.
There are many different exercises and methods for stepping out of your comfort zone. If you’re unsure about where to start, think about an area of your career you’d like to improve on. If nothing is coming to mind, and you feel comfortable, you might be getting complacent. In that case, talk to your mentor first and ask them to suggest an area where you could grow. Then pick a task that will aid in achieving your goal and go for it. And remember: it’s supposed to feel uncomfortable!
I would love to hear how what things you have done to step outside your comfort zone and how you overcame them!