Confidently Creating a New Normal…

By , March 12, 2011 7:18 pm

“My learning curve is so steep! I’m being stretched beyond where I’ve ever been before. This is exciting and exhausting at the same time. I’m frightened to stop and take a break because I may be run over by the very thing I’m creating!”

Sally, Manager and Coaching Client.

Getting started and creating forward motion are important elements of growth and success.  You also need to be able to constantly step out of your comfort zone and create a new one as you continually work towards your goals and dreams.

This can be exhausting work!

Once in motion, it can be scary to take your foot off the gas because you’re frightened that if you take time to experience your new normal before moving on you’ll lose momentum towards your goal.

The reality is that if you don’t experience your new comfort zone (new normal) before moving on to the next your confidence can stop growing. So the next stretch beyond where you are comfortable is harder to achieve.

Sally was trying creating her new normal before she’d got used to the previous one! This reduced her confidence levels and she began to feel exhausted and burnt out because of the extra effort she was having to put in. She was over-stretching and this could not be sustained. Her rapid fire growth on growth was relentless!

It’s like going to the gym. When you work out using weights it’s important to take a break for a day between sessions to allow the muscles to repair and grow. Otherwise you risk injury and you can lose any progress gained.

To sustain confidence and momentum through continual growth you need to take a short break to experience your new normal. Only by doing this can you increase your confidence to match this new level. Otherwise confidence can begin to  drain away and it’s hard to keep going because you start searching for comfort instead.

Create a short Confidence Catch-Up Break while you consolidate in your new normal. This requires you to take some time out to recognise your achievements and restore your energy levels before stretching yourself to the next challenge.

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