3 Steps to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

3 Steps to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As a child or a young professional, I never dreamed of being a writer. I simply didn’t have the patience to stare at a blank page, waiting for the right words to come to mind. Over time, I’ve learned to rely on my expertise and passion for the subject to make it easier to begin the writing process. But to get to this point, I had to take the first step. 

When I initially began writing blogs, they were inconsistent and infrequent. Gradually, as I changed my habits and made time to write blogs regularly, themes began to emerge and a clear niche evolved. 

By practicing the habit of writing, I have developed a love for it. So much so, in fact, the editorial team probably pulls out their hair at times due to the mass quantity of content I throw at them. This passion for writing did not emerge naturally, however. I had to start with the basics and restructure my time to accommodate for this new hobby. 


How I got out of my comfort zone: 

  1. I developed the right mindset. Habits are formed by a mindset, so you simply must change your mindset to change your habits. The fear of the new habit must be overcome with a clear understanding of the benefits of changing your behavior, and you must remind yourself of those benefits daily. Repetition creates consistency. Consistency breeds new habits. 

  2. I made time. Writing was an additional hobby that I wanted to adopt without replacing any of my existing work duties. When I examined my time, I realized that the long hours I spent on an airplane listening to music or simply staring at the seat in front of me could be used more productively. Establishing a new habit to occupy previously “wasted time” seemed like an effective strategy.
  3. I executed. On every flight segment, I challenged myself to write one blog. I would use the quiet time on the plane to concentrate my thoughts and ideas into coherent written words. Over time, I developed consistency, and the task of writing became far less daunting. I also expanded my knowledge of content marketing to refine my skills, and soon, passion and expertise emerged. 

When the Ash Brokerage creative staff approached me about compiling the blogs into a book, it took me by surprise. I never imagined myself as a published author. It took some time to get used to the idea, but, in the end, I’m glad decided to step outside of my comfort zone. By taking the first step and forming a new habit, I now have a book sold on Amazon that hopefully gives advisors like you motivation, new ideas, and helpful strategies to better serve your clients. 


Winning Strategy

Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy the experience of pushing your limits and challenging your capabilities. New habits can improve your personal and business life immensely. Take the first steps: develop the right mindset, set aside time, and execute. 


About the Author

Mike McGlothlin is the Executive Vice President of Annuities at Ash Brokerage. His strength is helping advisors become more efficient and effective in their businesses. He and his team provide income-planning solutions focused on longevity and tax efficiency, and they also assist advisors with entering defined-benefit termination planning and structured settlement markets.