|“I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether
I’m going to fall flat on my face.” —Johnny Depp
|Communication Insights for Professionals|
A Note from Gerry
Last year my friend talked me into joining Cross Fit with him. I thought he was crazy. No, actually I knew he was crazy. I thought I was crazy for going along. The experience has taught me things I never expected to learn—including, as you’ll read below in Tips and Insights, how to stand on my hands.
I have an expression I use with the people I work out with: DLGBY. Which means, don’t let Gerry beat you. More often than not I finish last or close to last, but at 54 I can do things I wouldn’t have imagined when I was 34, and it all comes from pushing (or in the case of most workouts, getting pushed) past my comfort zone.
It doesn’t matter how old, how experienced, how educated you are. We only grow when we get out of our comfort zone. Learning to perform better under pressure involves first putting a little more pressure on yourself. That means getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Comfort is overrated. Growth is a much more exciting place to be.
Tips & Insights: Push Yourself Past Your Comfort Zone to Improve
The first thing I learned at Cross Fit is that hard doesn’t mean impossible. Sure it might look impossible now, but with a little hard work you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Last weekend I visited my daughter who lives in New Orleans. She and I have worked out together for years, so we’re always trying to show each other new things.
This time I showed her something I learned at Cross Fit: how to stand on my hands. The first time I saw people do this at Cross Fit, I thought I could never do that. But coaches showed me the technique and gradually I grew into the skills needed to do it and make it look fairly effortless. It certainly surprised my daughter!
Becoming comfortable in front of the room as a master presenter works the same way. You might see someone who rocks the room and think I could never do that. But I’m telling you that you can, and you do it the same way I learned to stand on my hands:
• Get a coach.
That approach will lead you to nailing it eventually. When you do, you’ll make it look easy. You’ll surprise yourself and others too. And it will feel great!
Then add one more step: keep pushing yourself to grow. Next, I want to learn how to do hand stand pushups. What’s your next goal that will take you out of your comfort zone and push you to grow?
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