Comfort zones are areas of familiarity and ease where we feel secure and in control. They provide a sense of predictability—and comfort—in an uncertain world, but when they become too familiar or routine, they can prevent us from growing as coaches and achieving important goals.
When it comes to becoming a coach of impact, comfort zones can be particularly detrimental. Coaching is about helping others reach their full potential, and we have to push our boundaries and challenge ourselves to grow constantly.
One way comfort zones can hold us back as coaches are by limiting our perspective. When we become too comfortable, we often fall into the trap of seeing things from only one point of view. As coaches, this limits our ability to help others break through with our clients. Instead, our coaching becomes limited by what we know—and don’t know—which can prevent us from seeing things in an entirely new light, hindering how we can help our clients.
Another way comfort zones can inhibit our growth as coaches are by preventing us from taking risks. To be effective coaches, we must try new approaches, experiment with different techniques, and be open to feedback. But if we’re too afraid of failure or criticism—or feel these factors will jeopardize our jobs—we’ll never take the necessary risks to improve our skills.
Comfort zones also can stop us from seeking out new opportunities and experiences. If we remain too complacent with our current skill level, we’ll never have the chance to learn new knowledge and skills that will make us better coaches. Time will pass us by, and coaches who’ve continued to expand their expertise will surpass us.
To become a coach of impact, you need to be your own biggest fan. You have to see the value of your skills and experience, even if they aren’t perfect. You also need to recognize that not every coaching approach will work with every client or situation—and that’s okay! If you keep trying new things, you’ll eventually find a technique that works well for you and your clients.
This is where having a grown mindset comes in. A growth mindset believes that our skills and abilities are not fixed but can be developed through dedication and hard work. When you have a growth mindset, you see failure as an opportunity to learn something new. You’re less likely to give up when things get tough—and more likely to succeed in your coaching practice!
One way to implement this mindset is to take small, incremental steps. Instead of making a significant change all at once, break the change down into small, manageable steps. You’ll be more likely to be successful by taking small steps, and your progress will motivate you to keep moving forward.
Another approach is to surround yourself with people who will challenge and support you as you work to expand your comfort zone. Seek mentors, coaches, and support groups who can guide and encourage you as you push past your limits.
Lastly, remind yourself that failure is not a negative outcome but a learning opportunity. Failure is a natural part of the learning process and essential to growth. Recognize that failure is not a setback but rather a step forward.
In conclusion, we must not be limited by our comfort zones. We can expand them with practice and persistence, and we must do so to reach our full potential. If we want to become coaches of impact, remember that growth and learning are lifelong pursuits. As long as we keep pushing through our comfort zone, we’ll be well on reaching this goal.