Writer and producer Douglas Wood said “Fear of failure has always been my best motivator,” and considering the man has worked with Spielberg, I suppose the sentiment is valid. When it comes to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals, however, the “fear of failure” is sometimes less of a motivator and more of a deterrent, keeping them away from potential opportunities and stuck in the comfort zone. The problem is, without taking risks, there is no reward, which can lead to stagnation and, worse still, irrelevance in an ever-shifting marketplace.

Fear not! In my book, Income Double – Half the Trouble, I address this issue of stepping outside the comfort zone by introducing the concept of a Growth Zone. Everyone has one, and it serves as the much-needed buffer between the Comfort Zone and the Panic Zone – the latter being every bit as frightening as it sounds.

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Nobody wants to find themselves in the Panic Zone, but it is useful to keep it in your peripheral vision. The Panic Zone is a place where people do one of two things: they shut down completely and retreat to the warm familiarity of their comfort zone, or – for lack of a better word – they panic. They act irrationally, have a bad attitude, and are not themselves.

There is, however, hope in the Growth Zone. It can be reached just by taking a deep breath, mustering up some courage and assessing what step you can take that will move you forward. When that step is taken, you will either succeed or fail, but either way, you will learn.

You will gain experience.

That experience is the growth in confidence that makes your next attempt less uncomfortable. The right combination of comfort, courage, and growth lead to a boost in confidence – which can lead to amazing possibilities.

This coaching alchemy – turning courage into confidence – simply relies on your area of risk. If you’re dragging your feet on a potentially lucrative opportunity or any worthy goal out of your comfort zone, then consider a first step forward. Is it uncomfortable, but manageably so? Take it! Who knows? Maybe you’ll stretch your comfort zone to the point where anything is possible.

If the next step is too much, what would be a partial step that you can take, even if risky, that would lead to progress, learning experiences, and growth?

Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to decide what the next big step is for you. Then take a step towards it. Remember, if you only aim for the target, you might miss, but if you aim for the bull’s eye, even if you miss, you’re still on target!

And if the very idea of embarking on a new project conjures feelings of resistance or avoidance, give me a call. Together we’ll work out a way you can move forward without breaking down.

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Author's Bio: 

Jonathan Flaks, M.C.C. Since 1998, Jonathan has worked with clients, one-and-one and in groups, to enhance personal effectiveness, focus and confidence and team-leadership skills. Jonathan draws from a diverse, 20-year business communication and consulting background. Clients have come from BMG Entertainment, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, IBM, Disney, Deloitte, Honeywell, Goldman Sachs, and many entrepreneurial and professional service firms.

He has authored two works - "Income Double-Half the Trouble," and "Who Are You, Inc., - Bring Out Your Best In Business." As a speaker, Jonathan actively involves participants in experiencing breakthroughs and learning skills for high-energy team dynamics, sustainable focus and confidence.

Jonathan maintains a Master Certified Coach distinction from the International Coach Federation. He earned a dual degree from Cornell University and was Adjunct Professor in Business Leadership and Coaching Skills for New York University. Jonathan was founder and past president of the Westchester/ Rockland chapter of the International Coach Federation and is an Ambassador for Riverkeeper.

To learn more about Jonathan Flaks Coaching, visit www.jfcoach.com or if you want to wake up every Monday morning and start the week with a fresh and positive attitude, join us for Monday Morning Mini-Motivation Meetings. http://bit.ly/a1GLSF