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Most growth comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone - also known as pushing yourself to say more and be more. We find out what we're made of when we step outside of our comfort zones and into our bravery zones. What are you made of?

Most growth comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone - also known as pushing yourself to say more and be more. We find out what we're made of when we step outside of our comfort zones and into our bravery zones. What are you made of?

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Comfort Zones: What happens when you step outside of them?

  1. 1. What Happens When You Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone? Caroline Cummings Venture Catalyst, Oregon RAIN @iamcarolina
  2. 2. Comfort Zone = A type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate within mental boundaries
  3. 3. Comfort Zones Define Us
  4. 4. What’s it look like?
  5. 5. Fear
  6. 6. Comfort Zone # 5 Deep Water # 4 Financial Problems # 3 Insects and Bugs # 2 Heights # 1 Public speaking
  7. 7. Comfort Zone Public Speaking Making Cold Calls Pitching Media Speaking to small group
  8. 8. A Healthy Dose of Anxiety
  9. 9. Anxiety can improve performance… …but, if you step beyond your optimal performance zone…
  10. 10. Danger Zone
  11. 11. Danger Zone As levels of anxiety or discomfort increase to high levels – performance can decline rapidly
  12. 12. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone you WILL miss opportunities
  13. 13. Traveling to Cairo During Social Unrest…
  14. 14. Imagine if these people had decided not to step outside of their comfort zones?
  15. 15. Behnaz Shafiei Fighting for gender equality in motocross circuit in Iran.
  16. 16. How to do it?
  17. 17. Unleash Your Inner Hero
  18. 18. Defending the Underdog
  19. 19. Kamala Khan “Ms. Marvel” Pakistani American girl living in New Jersey Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic book Powers: Shape-shifting Healing
  20. 20. Convince in Style
  21. 21. Kick Ass Take Names
  22. 22. Must be willing to self promote!
  23. 23. Why we don’t self promote… • Accusations of conceit/arrogance • We never learned how to • We don’t think we know how to • For women, it’s not “lady-like” • It’s not my style • It’s “shameless” • We’re too embarrassed • It’s too stressful • We’ll sell ourselves short • We’ll oversell ourselves
  24. 24. Must be willing to make an ask!
  25. 25. If you don’t step out of your comfort zone you WILL miss opportunities
  26. 26. Opportunities like: Raising funds Winning customers Landing your dream job Closing deals Starting something new Meeting new people …
  27. 27. Are you ready to step outside of your comfort zone?
  28. 28. One way I’m going to step outside of my comfort zone is _______
  29. 29. Thank you! Caroline Cummings Venture Catalyst, Oregon RAIN @iamcarolina

Editor's Notes

  • Alice Paul – activist/suffragette who refused to eat until women got the vote: Iron Jawed Angels
  • Has to ride on the outskirts of Tehran under the disguise of her helmet.
  • Kamala Khan – Pakistani American girl in Jersey City
    (Marvel comics) – shape-shifting and healing

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