Thomas F. O’Grady received his PhD in Mathematical and Statistical Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Life Unsettled is a podcast hosted by Thomas O’Grady in a world where life is unsettled.
The comfort zone sounds so obvious, but personal development is much more involved. If you want to grow, succeed or do anything new, you need to go outside it. The comfort zone is in a situation where a person is familiar, at ease and in control. Outside of the comfort zone there is increased anxiety and stress. So, the further out a person gets the greater the level of stress. The easiest definition I have found is from Wikipedia . The most comfortable place in usually not the best for learning or working. If a person repeatedly leaves the comfort zone and has a successful outcome, they will actually decrease the stress of being outside the zone next time. While that may sound so easy, why do so few really leave the comfort of their familiar surroundings. The very fact that so few venture out into new paths during their life, is interesting. The very reason this topic seems easy is that everyone thinks they understand it and do know it is crucial. If you ask people, most will say they do venture outside their comfort zone. So many say they go out of their comfort zone, then why do so many stay in home towns that have no future or jobs they dislike? Why do so many follow the same path as their parents or neighbors? It is the most comfortable of places. Success, by its very nature, means you have accomplished something. Therefore, success is always outside of the comfort zone. In order to have success, you need to do something new or different. Continual learning means that at least minimally, you constantly feel uncomfortable. Meanwhile, the further out the greater the stress, anxiety and fear which can hold you back. Repeated success outside the comfort zone will increase confidence. As you increase experience, confidence increases, and these new experiences become part of your larger comfort zone. Over time, you will grow accustomed to being uncomfortable and continually making progress. It all becomes easier. So, learning begets more learning. Success begets more success. The key is how to get to this point and to recognize the pitfalls and negative pressure from many around you. Going outside may appear crazy. On a humorous note, you might say that success is based you intentionally making yourself uncomfortable. You are intentionally outside your comfort zone. So, seemingly this is an almost masochistic behavior subjecting yourself to discomfort. Yet, this is a basic and key ingredient to success. So, if you truly are extremely successful, maybe you have to be a little crazy too. The concept of the comfort zone is a very useful psychological tool. You can only grow if you step outside your comfort zone. You must be willing to learn new things and skills through new experiences to grow and be successful. From time to time, you must re-assess and step out to new or revised goals. The process would only stop when you decide you don't want to go any further or want a break on the way your goals. With greater skills and knowledge opportunities will increase. When your knowledge increases, your ability and opportunities broaden. You will also find it easier to make educated guesses and other ideas that come to mind will also become better. You will be better at evaluation. It is very common to notice the success of so many immigrants. One of the reasons that many migrants succeed is that they are more willing to make additional trips far outside comfort zone. They already made some of the biggest changes, new country, new language and friends (see Immigrant Mentality). Moving to a new country is also a reason that many of the educated immigrants assimilate more and are not just be entirely surrounded by people from their previous country. While they do have friends from their country they are more likely to have a broader diversity than people born here. Why is it hard to leave your comfort zone? Inside your zone is where you find enjoyment and find expected outcom...
Why you should be looking at your future career as an ongoing process. You will have change, probably many times, a career is either planned or decided by others for you. Career Change and paths to new jobs or professions are confusing and don't always go where expected. Why now is one of the best times ever for career change and career development. It may last 2-4 years, but you’ll need every one of those years to make the most progress. Largely I am setting a framework for thinking about careers in this episode. It will be followed by more action-oriented episodes and hopefully ideas to motivate thoughts. You should always be planning on changing careers. On average people have 10-15 jobs during their lifetime. Some of these jobs are completely new careers. If you aren’t ready for a career change, it will happen by default. Now, sometimes that may be an unexpected promotion. Most often, if by default, you are in a situation that is less than you wanted. So, if you want to grow and progress over time, you don’t want to let a change affecting you to be a default change. That is, a new job where you might not have a good choice or at a time of desperation. Start your research and include social media to gain contacts, but be cautious of what you say. Think about it. You will see many changes, do you want to plan and figure out how to maximize the results, or even just see progress, or do you want to leave it to luck. Also, if others around you are working toward positive change, it may be like musical chairs and you were not ready when the music stopped. Yes, the music may stop because companies are not living as long as they did fifty years ago. Now for some great news. Record Opportunity for Career Advancement According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 7.6 million job openings and only about 6.5 million unemployed. This is a remarkable time in history. There is such a huge shortage that companies are more willing to train career changers and even are hiring felons that seem to have true potential. This will not last forever. It is a rare job market in history and caused by the strong growth in the economy and in both new and reinvigorated industries. Simultaneously, so many people left the work force by the end of 2016 that while unemployment appeared low, there was discouraged workers that gave up searching for good jobs. Companies that were looking for workers were trying to keep the hours below 30 per week to avoid large health care cost of the Affordable Care Act. Enough of that issue, we only are concerned with how to take advantage of today’s work environment and why we shouldn’t wait. Over the next few years, many people will be retraining for new jobs and many are already returning into the workforce. You need to look at both what skills you have and what additional ones you may need. You probably have transferable skills that while not exactly requested, enhance your appeal and others you get through part time school or work. In any case, it is not a time that anyone needs to feel stuck in their position or status in the marketplace. Both those that are returning as well as those are changing careers will make a transformation to target their skills and experience to new careers. It is truly a time you can breakthrough to completely new career paths. I say paths because as learn and gain experience more opportunities open up and you may shift your focus. The government will start increasing the H1 and other work visas to accommodate corporations who need employees with certain skills. It is important at the least to start thinking and researching new career paths now. The increase in work visas granted and others who return to the workforce finding new careers will lessen the opportunities. Most Interview Problems are Just Social Skills In spite of all these positive developments,
Goal setting for your personal growth is one of the most rewarding tasks people can do. Do you know what you want to be in five years? Do you know where you want to be in 3 - 5 years? Your goals should be distant at the start of your journey. You want to develop your own big picture of your future life. Success is personal. Are you on the correct path to reach your goal? Do you know what you want to accomplish this year, within 6 months and today? While some might feel they don’t like to set goals, it is important for everything from health and family to wealth. This encompasses all factors for personal growth. A goal should be thought of as similar to a map and directions to some long destination. The wrong decisions lead to wrong or unfavorable direction and can make the trip much longer or even impossible. You want your GPS to be accurate. Goal setting process Your goals are your personal goals. If you have a business or career you may be trying to use it for the wealth and financial freedom you desire or just something that makes you happy. However, all of these are the means to an end in your own personal goals. They should be measurable goals, but I argue against smart goals. Smart goals are good and important for short term accomplishment. Do not use or set them until you have long term goals and a plan in place. In the longer term, you need to allow flexibility. As you learn and gain experience revision is often useful and sometimes necessary. Big Goals and Life Change can Take Time If you are after some big personal goals over the next 5 – 10 years, you are working toward something that you don’t already know well. That is, if as you work towards it, you will find attributes of the new career or business that you may not like or just don’t want to do. That is, just like you had ideas and dreams of a future career in high school, college and later, you changed your mind. Either your likes and dislikes changed, or your understanding of the career changed. Decide a reasonable time frame for your goals. In some careers, 5 years is more appropriate while other careers may only take 6 - 9 months. Choose according to the career or goals you are setting, either 5, 7 or 10 years. Anything shorter than 5 probably indicates you are aiming too low for a real life change. This complete change might include a new career, getting out of debt, i.e. debt free, owning a home in a location you want to be. Let's say you use 5 years for your goal endpoint and you have a big picture of what you want your life to look like. Review your likes and dislikes. This should be a list just like a list of pros and cons for something you might decide to do. Big Goals are the Ultimate Satisfaction The ultimate objective or long term goal if a true breakthrough, will not be easy. You will almost certainly need to develop new skills and become familiar with new technology. If you didn't need new skills, you could step into the new career almost immediately. I'll get more into that in the episode on comfort zone and how to do it. The steps for a goal will have many very satisfying parts. You may go through a series of positions or promotions that give you knowledge, experience and credibility. If planned well, your financial position and wealth will greatly improve. A goal that is broken down in small pieces also will be easier to accomplish. However, if an end or final goal is easy, the competition will probably be extremely high. Competition will also be the highest for the most glamorous goals. There are some things you do not like to do but will be necessary to achieve your goals. If you are aware of them up front, you can understand the importance and weigh them as part of overcoming obstacles. Some of the most attractive are the hardest businesses as the competition is much higher. Owning a business, think of a restaurant, people imagine greeting people or being a chef.
Download   Podcast Overview Ensuring your business has clear and definable business goals is critical in order for you to realign all of your team, efforts and focus consistently on the endpoint. If this is not done, the business will continue to jump from idea to idea without any direction as well as increasing the probability of failure. Setting and achieving business goals does take extreme focus and attention, you always need to ensure that you are in the right mindset when setting the goals but also that you are constantly reviewing and aligning yourself to these goals in order to achieve them. In business, it is always easier to jump from one idea to the next as it will always maintain your excitement and engagement, this, however, is not how you achieve your businesses goals. You need to allow repetition to set in and understand that it takes a lot of hard work and can be extremely demoralising at times, BUT if you are always reminding yourself of the end goal, it will become a lot easier to get there. Typically goals are missed due to the business not having a true connection to the goals, having set them without believing they can achieve them or just never going back to re-align their day to day activities in order to achieve them. MTMP will never let that happen to your business and your goals. In this episode, we talk to Thomas O’Grady, host of Life Unsettled, which is focused on ensuring that our business and personal goals are always achieved through appropriate setup, maintenance and execution. Thomas has also appeared on TV and radio over 300 times, as well as appearing in print over 35,000 times. Thomas shares about his past, some key analogies from other goal setting arena’s (such as sports), how he gets all of his clients to set the RIGHT goals for them and their business but more importantly, he walks us exactly through how we can achieve every single goal that we go out to achieve!   Unsure on how to create and achieve your business goals?Download the Framework here.   Show Notes: 0:00 Adam and Grant begin the podcast by discussing their view on setting and achieving business goals. 3:42 Adam introduces Thomas O’Grady from Life Unsettled. 4:15 Thomas talks about his own personal background around business and personal goals, while also providing some valuable lessons along the way. 7:31 Thomas shares the number one thing you should NEVER do when setting up goals.   Unsure on how to create and achieve your business goals?Download the Framework here.   9:27 The AHA moment that almost every business owner must have before they can really see the value of business goals. 11:14 Thomas discusses the 6 steps in order for every entrepreneur to set their businesses goals but also how they can achieve it with complete ease. 29:13 Grant shares a summary to wrap up the entire process (for listeners to take note of an put into their business)   Resources Mentioned: Life Unsettled – Thomas O’Grady is the host of this amazing Podcast The Mechanics for Breakthrough Success Book – The Guide to a Life You Never Considered Reachable and Authored by Thomas O’Grady More Time More Profit Podcast Ep 003 – Fuelling Vision to Skyrocket Growth More Time More Profit Podcast Ep 004 – Success Through Missions More Time More Profit Podcast Ep 010 – Setting KPIs for Maximum Performance   Tweet This “Pick where you want to be, now identify and learn the things you need to get there” -Thomas O’GradyTweet This     Thank You For Tuning In! If you have any questions, you can message us on More Time More Profit’s Facebook Page. Or you may also jump to our iTunes channel, subscribe and leave a review. We’re also inviting you to join our Facebook group and LinkedIn group. Ask us any questions about entrepreneurship, and Adam and Grant, your business coaches, will be more than happy to assist you. Hope you enjoyed today’s podcast! The post Podcast Ep 067: Setting & Achieving Business Goals with Thomas O’Grady appeared first on More Time More Profit: Helping Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Scale their Business.
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