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Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone — Part III

The steps to take to do it

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Oct 30, 2009


The first two parts of this series emphasized how hard it is to break out of your comfort zone. Now, I’ll discuss the steps that you should take to do it. Step One: Select Someone to Help You Without help, you probably won’t implement the other steps well (or at all). A coach or poker buddy will help you to understand yourself and the process, while reinforcing your willpower. You may think that you don’t need that reinforcement, but most self-improvement programs fail because people don’t stick to them. Step Two: Pick One Small, Specific Change If you try to do too much, you will probably fail and become discouraged. Mike Caro coined the term “mission” for focusing on a single change that you want to make, and I agree completely with his concept. By setting a mission, you become more likely to: • Take this action more often • ...

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