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eNewsletter May 2010

Hi! And how are you all? The highlight of April was going to the National Achievers Congress (NAC), which is an annual ritual for me. It was not only for me to see world class speakers in action, but to also meet friends, former participants and to network. Importantly, it serves as an opportunity for me to benchmark myself against the best in the world and you know what; I know that there is still so much for me to learn and develop from a professional and personal standpoint! Although some of the speakers were not up to the NAC mark, the majority had lots of profound things to say and there was a lot that I learnt.

One of the speakers I enjoyed listening to was Robert G. Allen. During his presentation, one of the quotes which caught my attention was ‘you can never achieve anything worthwhile, if you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone’.

You can never achieve anything worthwhile, if you are unwilling to step out of your comfort zone’

I most certainly concur with this. All of us want to achieve success in our lives, but the problem is we also want to remain in our comfort zones and not change. This is not possible as success and comfort zones are definitely not compatible. To achieve success we have to do things that we have never done before. This is difficult for most people because we are all fearful of change and taking risks! As much as change is painful, it is however the price we have to pay to achieve success. As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is when you do the same things and expect different results.”

Regardless of how comfortable you are right now in your comfort zone, you are most certainly not maximizing your potential. Inside this zone you are safe, secure, and stable. Inside this zone there is minimal risk and when there is no risk, there is definitely no reward. If you are okay with this, then that is fine too, but please do not complain. I always detest people who complain about their lives but do nothing at all to improve it!

Moving out of your comfort zone can however be embarrassing, frightening, painful, and traumatic. But it is probably the single most important step you can make towards achieving things that are worthwhile to your life. In the process, you must learn to accept the existence of fear. You must realize that fear is something that keeps you from being the person that you could be. It stops you from doing the things you would like to do and hinders you from getting the things you would like to have. You have to learn to manage this fear.

So my advice to everyone would be, fight that fear and go there and do all those things that you have always wanted to do. Start that business, change your job, do that academic program that you have always wanted to do; In short, take that risk! You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope I have in a small way motivated you to take action to become a better person. Till my June newsletter, have a great month ahead and do take care.