Finding Success — Even Outside of Your Comfort Zone

High-pressure or unfamiliar situations are rarely comfortable but these nerve-racking moments can often turn out big results. Throughout one’s professional career we find ourselves in many situations that are sometimes outside our comfort zones (interviews, presentations, big pitches, difficult conversations). Finding comfort/stability outside your immediate arena of comfort takes conscious effort and practice. Learning to combat your nerves and noticeable physical symptoms (sweating, fidgeting, fast-talking) certainly becomes more easily controlled with tenure.

What is the Comfort Zone?

Your comfort zone can be defined as a behavioral space where activities become familiar routines which ultimately minimizes stresses, worries and risks. We’ve all heard the age-old saying that urges us to ‘step outside your comfort zone.’ This psychological concept has helped many people embrace change and find growth both personally and professionally. Einstein once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

The brand Tommy John is best known for their supportive men’s underwear line. They are also ongoing advocates for aspiring professionals and individuals who look to achieve personal excellence. Regardless how uncomfortable a situation may be, be sure to control the factors that you can. Wearing moisture-wicking base-layers (underwear and undershirts) to combat perspiration is just one simple fix that makes an uncomfortable situation a bit less embarrassing. Simply being mindful and prepared will help you to achieve positive growths throughout your career, especially the days when the stakes feel high.

This infographic will give you some ideas on how to succeed — even when you’re out of your comfort zone.

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