Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Danger In The Comfort Zone


I don't know who said it or where I heard it, but I'm sure it was brought to my attention by a sales trainer somewhere, at some time during my journey through the maze of countless sales trainings and seminars that I have attended over the years, but it does make perfect sense.

There is danger in the comfort zone!

Ahh yes! The comfort zone, we all know it very well, we have all spent a lot of time there. It is the safe place where everything comes so naturally and effortlessly, the place where no one can touch us, where we are the masters of our own house, and our own craft. The confidence that knowing our paycheck will be automatically deposited into our bank accounts has become as automatic as our daily routines.

The danger...

So what exactly is the "danger" implied in the saying "there is danger in the comfort zone"

The danger is becoming so relaxed in what we do and what we know , that any kind of change in our daily routine becomes frightening, and that limits us from exposing our total potential and getting the most out of our work day and our lives.

We reach a point in our work life where we say hey, I've made it far enough, I've paid my do's, I make good money, I have a nice car, that's great! You have worked hard and accomplished plenty, you are entitled to every accolade associated with success, but why stop there?

A little story...

About ten years ago I attended a retirement dinner for a Vice President of a very large corporation, I didn't know him that well, but it was a big social event, and a lot of my friends were going, so I attended.When given the opportunity, I approached this retiree to wish him luck in his retirement and make small talk. Midway through our conversation, I asked him about his career, and the titles that he had held, each title was an indication that he had risen through the ranks.

He said to me, Jay, it's no big secret. Every six months to a year, I would browse through my companies job postings, seeking out an opportunity to advance. When an opportunity came along, I jumped at the chance for an interview, and as it turned out, I was usually the only one applying.

He didn't have to say any more, I got the picture.

Most people stay where they are for many reasons, the number one reason is because they are comfortable in what they do and where they are.

Not to say that this retiree did not work hard, he did, and deserved to get where he got.

Taking a closer look at this gentlemans career, I could see that he never knew the comfort zone, he didn't like the sight of it or the smell of it.He was constantly challenging himself, learning new things, going to night school, and taking advantage of every type of training his company offered.

He did not work harder than any of us, he only worked smarter, his pro-active habits lead him down the road to success and ended with a happy ending.

To summarize this article, the comfort zone is dangerous because it is holding us back, holding us back from unleashing the potential we know we have.

Learning new things and taking on new responsibility is very important to our career, it makes us more productive, which leads to the bottom line, more money! And will undoubtedly open the doors of opportunity which we never would have know existed!

One last thought on this subject...

Before the Wright brothers built the first airplane, they owned a bicycle shop, imagine if they were comfortable with just that!?

Jay Conners has more than fifteen years of sales and marketing experience in the banking and mortgage industry, and is the owner of J. Conners, Mortgage leads reviews - a mortgage resource center for mortgage brokers, loan officers, and lenders. He is also the owner of www.callprospect.com a mortgage lead company, specializing in fresh leads.

Jay Conners can be contacted via e-mail at sales@callprospect.com


MORE RESOURCES:

BBC Sport

Romelu Lukaku's 'mentality and motivation' questioned by Mourinho
The Guardian
“Romelu was always clear that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea,” Mourinho said in the Daily Mirror. “He wanted to play for Chelsea, but clearly only as first-choice striker ...
Mourinho: Lukaku Lacked Motivationmalaysiandigest.com

all 787 news articles »


Discover Magazine (blog)

How Chronic Pain Saps Your Mental Motivation
Discover Magazine (blog)
Physical impairment is annoying enough on its own, but the chronic pain is its own distraction – one that makes it hard to focus. It's been known for a while that chronic pain saps people's motivation. And now, a team led by Stanford University's Neil ...
Study reveals brain mechanism behind chronic pain's sapping of motivationStanford Medical Center Report
Chronic Pain Makes Mice LazyLiveScience.com

all 4 news articles »


NCAA.com

Rutgers ready to prove prognosticators wrong in Big Ten
NCAA.com
The Scarlet Knights see this as a source of motivation. "No question," defensive tackle Darius Hamilton said. "You can definitely sense that no one is really giving us a chance. They feel like we're really a doormat just to be stepped on, so we're ...

and more »


Lions use title loss as motivation
The Tennessean
Lions use title loss as motivation. Memories of CPA's loss to Alcoa in the 3A finals last year is motivating the team this season. Loading… Post to Facebook. Lions use title loss as motivation Memories of CPA's loss to Alcoa in the 3A finals last year ...

and more »


Denny Hamlin using NASCAR penalty as motivation
SportingNews.com
Denny Hamlin will try to use the harsh penalty NASCAR issued his team this week as motivation for the six weeks leading up to the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR suspended Hamlin's crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill for six weeks, ...

and more »


Decreased motivation during chronic pain requires long-term depression in the ...
Science Careers Blog (subscription)
1Nancy Pritzker Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 265 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. 2Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, 655 West ...



The Secret of Effective Motivation
New York Times
You might suppose that a scientist motivated by a desire to discover facts and by a desire to achieve renown will do better work than a scientist motivated by just one of those desires. Surely two motives are better than one. But as we and our ...



Yahoo Eurosport UK

Jose justifies Lukaku's Everton move
The New Age Online
The arrival of Spain striker Diego Costa and return of Ivorian Didier Drogba pushed the 21 year old further down the pecking order at Chelsea, with manager Mourinho saying he lacked motivation to compete for a starting spot. “Romelu was always very ...
Was Romelu Lukaku Mentally Strong Enough For Chelsea FC?The Pride of London
Chelsea manager Mourinho's comments just don't wash this timeRoyal Blue Mersey (blog)
Romelu Lukaku lost focus as was not first choice, says MourinhoKhaleej Times

all 129 news articles »


Fast Company

How To Re&Discover Your Motivation
Fast Company
Real motivation doesn't come from external rewards--it comes from making some shifts in how you think about your situation, says San Diego, California-based personal empowerment expert Susan Fowler, author of Why Motivating People Doesn't Work .



Motivation and Commitment
BangorMetro
“It's about pure motivation and commitment,” he says. “You have to be able to take on the challenges presented to you, make the best of them, and try your hardest. Learning time management for balancing academics with sports is very important. You have ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.