As adults, it’s natural to fall into our trusted patterns and live within the safe boundaries of every day life. However, in a world where innovation is king, it has become increasingly important to expose yourself to new experiences.
By learning new ways of doing things, you can help avoid becoming stagnant, bored, and outdated. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can also have these professional benefits.
Discover New Passions
For many of us, we defined our professional paths when we were young. We chose a field of study, accepted our first jobs, and then let the current take us towards our current position. By saying ‘yes’ to something you’ve never done before, you increase your chances of uncovering passions you missed along the way.
Develop New Skills and Abilities
Learning something new can be challenging, but it can bring a wealth of opportunity into your world that would otherwise be lacking. As you say ‘yes’ to new experiences, you are exposing yourself to knowledge that you had never before considered. As you continue to grow, you’ll find that your constant sense of achievement can be contagious in all the good ways.
Embrace Progressive Growth
Each time we develop a new skill, it opens the door to new opportunities. Leveraging progressive growth, each new experience leads to a previously unrecognized way to achieve new heights. Continue saying ‘yes’ as you uncover these exciting ways to grow your expertise, and you will find yourself forging the path that you truly want, as opposed to continuing with one that has been defined by your past choices.
Make New Connections
We’ve all heard it before: it’s all about whom you know. But it’s so easy to surround yourself with the same colleagues, customers, and friends, day in and day out. Saying ‘yes’ to a new experience and stepping outside of your comfort zone will expand your network, which can improve your professional and personal life.
As a business professional, it’s common to walk the line between being competent and complacent. We live busy lives, and it can feel impossible to find the time to expand our horizons. So next time someone asks something of you that you aren’t fully sure about, try saying ‘yes,’ and see what opportunities it opens for you.
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About the Author
With more than three decades of experience in all facets of sales management, customer service, business growth, and staff coordination, Certified Business Coach Greg Emslie is a focused professional with the tools to help you grow and manage your business effectively.
Driven by his ability to implement proven business concepts and help improve teams, Greg affects all areas of the companies he works with, including sales, leadership, profitability, and decision-making. He focuses on improving efficiency and processes for his clients while helping them grow their revenue base.
Ready to begin finding other ways to make your company more productive? Let’s get the conversation started. Contact Greg Emslie for a business strategy discussion today!