Stop Playing Small

3 Ways to Succeed Over Your Inner Critics

Start Now! The faster you take action, the faster you will grow. It doesn’t matter where you start – it’s where you are going that counts. Together with a solid strategy you will see growth.

~ Peggy McKnight

Do you have a vision of success? Do you wish you had the confidence to be more successful? Now is the time for you to be the successful person that you know you can be. You are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to. The sooner you start, the faster you’ll grow.

By taking action on your goals, your dreams, your ambitions, and your desires, you can accomplish incredible things. Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams, and don’t let anything prevent you from being the best version of you that you can be. If you focus on finding success, being happy, and living your best life, you WILL experience success, happiness, and fulfilment.

Here are some ideas for you to start today:

1. Do one thing every day that stretches you outside your comfort zone

Identify your goals. What do you want? What types of things do you want in your life?

2. Determine Your Steps

After having identified your goals, the next step is to outline the steps that you need to take in order to achieve them.

3. Get Going

Start taking action. Getting started is the hardest part. Once you start taking action on your goals, you will begin to see the results. Be persistent.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

~ Steve Jobs

There’s no better time than right now to start living the life you know you’re meant to live. When I’m asked what I do for a living, my reply is simple: “I help people get unstuck.” Let’s face it we’re pretty good at making excuses for ourselves, and it’s time we shook that off.

If you’re afraid, that’s only because it’s unfamiliar. If your goals are big, that’s only because you have big dreams. If you say you’re too busy to dream, that’s only because you’re too busy doing. If you aren’t happy, that’s only because it’s unfamiliar. I am encouraging you to take a chance. It’s your choice, do one thing every day that stretches you outside your comfort zone.

As you move up the ladder of success, you’ll find yourself growing more and more comfortable with who you are. But there’s also a danger here: You end up staying comfortable, because that’s the only thing you know. The most successful people are those who have the courage to step outside their comfort zone. They have the courage to try new things and make mistakes.

Make small bets

Many of us have a personal hero. Someone we admire and inspires us. Some of us have a personal hero who we admire so much, we decide to emulate them in every aspect of our lives. But are our heroes always successful? Often, they’re not. And if they are, they’re often remarkably different from us. The most successful people we know aren’t necessarily the most successful versions of ourselves. In fact, the most successful people we know are remarkable because they made small bets and took risks. Instead of playing it safe, they made big bets which paid off for them. To be the successful person you know you can be, first: Make small bets with yourself; Act quickly; and Embrace failure.

Act Quickly and Get Going

The more time you spend being uncomfortable, the more you’ll be able to handle life’s challenges

It’s easy to get comfortable in life. It’s comfortable to go on vacations to beautiful places, to watch your favorite TV shows, and to eat the food that your friends or family cook. It’s comfortable to live in a nice home with plenty to eat and clothes to wear. But the comforts of life are a double-edged sword. Comfort can lead to complacency.

A person who is accustomed to a set way of doing things in their life they enjoy might not adapt well to new circumstances. If they remain comfortable, they might miss out on opportunities to improve themselves and their situation. When you’re comfortable with yourself and your current circumstances, you’re in danger of losing sight of your goals.

You might become complacent, and not want to put in the effort to improve yourself, because you’ve already reached your goals. Being comfortable in life can also prevent you from taking risks. When you’re comfortable, it’s easier to go through life and let things happen to you. If you have a job, you might feel entitled to a raise, or a promotion. If you don’t ask for it, you might never receive it. Equally, if you are complacent in your job it is unlikely that you can demonstrate to your manager that you are worth the raise or the promotion you have had your eye on.

Fortunately, becoming uncomfortable isn’t as hard as it seems. No matter what you’re doing, you can always take steps to make yourself uncomfortable. The challenges of being uncomfortable are temporary. When you step outside your comfort zone and try something new, there’s always a chance that you’ll fail. But you’ll also have a chance to learn something new, or discover a skill or talent that you can use in the future. It’s worth it to take those risks, because it will make you a better you. The old way of thinking about failure was to just give up or curl up in a ball and hope it goes away never to return.

The new way of thinking is failure is all data. By removing the feelings and emotions attached to a failure and look at it strategically like a data scientist will help you to focus on what went wrong, what the results where and what you could do differently next time.

Here are a few more ways to embrace being uncomfortable and accepting failure as a teacher:

1. Be honest with yourself. If you’re always telling yourself that you’ll do something, but never do it, consider challenging yourself to follow through.

2. Establish a schedule. If you’re used to doing things at the last minute, try scheduling your tasks ahead of time. When you plan things ahead of time, you make your life easier because you always know what to expect.

3. Mentally rehearse yourself. When you’re trying something new, it helps to imagine yourself succeeding at it ahead of time. This also works well for people who are too anxious about the possibility of failure.

4. Set small goals and achieve them. Many people have great ideas for self-improvement. But oftentimes they fail to follow through on any of them. If you set small, achievable goals instead, it makes it easier for you to remain motivated to accomplish your larger goals.

5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or ask questions. There’s a difference between being brave and being stupid. It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone and confront new challenges. But it doesn’t take courage to do things that you’re not ready for. If you’re trying something new, and aren’t sure how to do it correctly, ask somebody who’s experienced in that field. Embrace mistakes by finding the lesson in the event.

The more time you spend feeling comfortable and secure in your life, the harder it will be for you to achieve your goals. If you want to step outside of that comfort zone and find success in doing so, then take small risks, don’t give up when things get hard, learn from your mistakes, and ask for help when you need it.

Our life is full of distractions, it’s hard to find time for the things that matter.

We all want to be better, but it’s hard not to get distracted by the shiny new things that come along.

The answer is simple – push yourself out of your comfort zone. By challenging yourself with new experiences, you’ll build confidence and start taking action more often. This will help you achieve your goals faster than ever before! 

In conclusion, if you’re not feeling challenged in your life, it’s time to take a risk. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain living the life that first started as an idea. Don’t be afraid to push yourself if you want to find success. The more uncomfortable you are, the better you’ll perform.

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