2012 – Wishing You A Year of Total Discomfort

January 5, 2012
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I promised to do a video for way too long now. So, here’s my first video salvo. I won’t tell you how long it took and the choice words I had for a certain software company, but, it’s up along with a loose transcript below. Be gentle with me! LOL! (A little over 3 minutes.) RICK




Happy 2012! This is the long awaited year in which the Mayan calendar ends amidst much speculation about what the world will look like the morning of December 22nd. It is the Chinese year of the Dragon. The Chinese dragon is seen as a symbol of power, superiority and rule rather than an evil being as we see it in the west. It is a crucial election year in the United States. And, 2012 is a leap year which we celebrate on February 29th.

For me, it is to be a year of great discomfort. But, I mean that in the most uplifting and empowering manner. I have  hosen 2012 to be the year to get out of my comfort zone, do the things I have said I was going to do and have failed to do. I let my comfort zone control my life. This will be no longer so.

This video is the first example of getting out of my comfort zone. I’ve promised myself to do a video and publish it now for more years than I like to think about. Well, here it is, whatever it is. If my hair is out of place and I stumble on some words, you’ll be OK with it if I’m OK with it. And… I am.

There is more. My wife Lynn and I have been talking about moving to Greenville South Carolina for a long time. But we let it always be a continuous and comfortable two years away. The date has been set to this summer instead of the next two  years.  We will be moved by the beginning of September of 2012.

Lynn and I have launched Inspiring Transitions, our transformational coaching business and will be taking the Passion Test Facilitator certification course the end of January. We’re both very excited to be working with Janet and Chris Attwood and the great folks at The Passion Test. It will become an integral part of our coaching.

As part of our marketing plan for our coaching business we will be having regular teleseminars on a variety of to be determined subjects. This is way out of our comfort zone and a bit scary. Questions like, will people show up? Will they find value in what we have to share? Will they want to continue to hear from us? But, we shall get out of our comfort zone, bear our souls and make it happen.

So, this is going to be a fast moving and very exciting year because we’ve planned it that way.

It is my hope for you to have a very uncomfortable year also. Get out of your comfort zone and make some stuff happen you’ve been wanting to for a long time. Neither of us is getting any younger, you know.

Here’s to Wishing You A Year of Total Discomfort!

Happy 2012!

 

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35 Responses to 2012 – Wishing You A Year of Total Discomfort

  1. marquita herald on January 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Hey Rick, congratulations on your video! You may have had a few challenges, but it turned out great – seriously. So many I see are dark, the sound is funky – very frustrating. So whatever you did, it worked.

    I am also looking forward to a year of growth, occasional discomfort and more than a few AHHA! moments :-)
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    Rick Reply:

    Marty,
    Thanks for your thoughts of encouragement. I just stopped by your site and ready your article on stress. Very informative, well worth the time. Feeling stress free already!!
    RICK

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  2. Akos Fintor on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Hello Rick,

    With discomfort we grow – at least that’s what I think

    By the way: If this was your first video I tip my hat because it was pro.

    Happy Discomfort for 2012! :)

    Akos
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    Rick Reply:

    Akos,
    Ah discomfort. Every time I put myself through something I dread and fear I come out ahead and willing. I strongly suggest everyone get out of your comfort zone just once this week. Thanks for stopping by. RICK
    PS Enjoyed your articles about blogging. Informative!

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  3. Kathryn Booth on January 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I think your video was great! Learning to move in big ways like a physical move to another area voluntarily is the best plan. It took a couple involuntary moves to get it reframed as something new I would have never experienced and being introduced to people I’d never meet with mutual enrichment as the result.
    Getting new skills as coaches sounds exciting – wish you well and may your 2012 be a series of transitions from discomfort to fulfillment and re-engagement.
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  4. Emilia on January 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I think you did very well on your first video. I am actually still within my comfort zone, but I might use the same trick as you did, with your notes on the opposite wall. That was a good idea, so you don’t have to look down to a paper all the time.
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  5. Emilia on January 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I think you did very well on your first video, Rick. I am actually still within my comfort zone, but I might use the same trick as you did, with your notes on the opposite wall. That was a good idea, so you don’t have to look down to a paper all the time.
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    Rick Reply:

    Emilia,
    Thanks for stopping by. I guess it’s like anything else. Once you start the process it gets easier and you get more comfortable with it. By the way, I couldn’t get a teleprompter in the house fast enough to do the video. LOL! RICK

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  6. Bryan McHeyzer on January 11, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Hi Rick,
    When I started your post and you said this was your first video I must admit I did not know what to expect.
    Well Done!
    All I can say is if this is the first …. which by the way I thought was excellent … what is your next one going to be like…. would have to be amazing.

    All the best with your plans for 2012.

    Cheers
    Bryan
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    Rick Reply:

    Bryan,
    OK, so now the pressure is really on! LOL! Thanks for your thoughts and for sharing. RICK

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  7. Anthony McNeil on January 13, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Rick my man great video! Congrats on taking that step and making this.

    I think by sharing your story, you’re going to make it a little easier for those that can relate, to take that step and experience a little discomfort!

    Excellent job and best of luck to you and yours in 2012!

    Anthony
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    Rick Reply:

    Anthony,
    Thank you for your post. Video sharing is a great way to get to know someone
    and I’m glad my first one is under my belt.
    Best,
    RICK

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  8. Anna on January 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I also must admit that when I saw your title and then the video , I truly didn’t know what to expect! But now I feel inspired indeed to find this time not the comfort but the risk and adventure:)
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    Rick Reply:

    Anna,
    So glad you stuck around to see what I had in mind. May your 2012 be a
    year filled with growth and empowerment.
    RICK

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  9. Pastor Sherry on January 15, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Hi Rick, Congratulations on your first video — and well done! I couldn’t tell from the video that it was your first — only knew it because you said it was! I can’t say “Welcome” to the video world, as I haven’t yet done my first one. But this year I’m going to find a way to start into video, so I’m with you on this one!
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    Rick Reply:

    Sherry,
    I’ll be looking for your first one. There’s a whole world out there that you
    and I are just beginning to explore.
    Happy 2012!
    RICK

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  10. William Earl Amis Jr III on January 17, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Rick,
    I knew your a man of action. Geting out of that comfort zone is the fist step. Now you have no limitations and must continue daily to amaze yourself.

    Your headed for a prosperous lifestyle with you lovely wife. I am in full support of people taking charge and being responsible for moving forward and gaining momentum as you both are accomplishing.

    Love your comfortable look in the video and it gets easier. Your a natural at it. Keep smiling and have fun doing it. Your sharing your true passion and helping others accomplish the same.

    Rick, your one of our greatest coaches in this industry. Trying new things is awesome and knowning they are not going to be new anymore makes continueing them easier. Thanks for all you do Rick.
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    Rick Reply:

    William,
    You have a way with words, my friend. You are a master of empowerment and encouragement. You bring much light when you appear.
    Many thanks,
    RICK

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  11. Lynda Cromar on January 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I think the key thing you share here is that you have to choose to be uncomfortable. The funny thing about the comfort zone is that unless we are stretching it, it is actually shrinking!
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    Rick Reply:

    Lynda,
    What an interesting point. It’s kind of like the law of diminishing returns or if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. ;-)
    Thanks for your insights!
    RICK

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  12. Patricia Gozlan on January 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Rick,
    first of all you are so natural on your video and from what it shows you just love going out of your comfort zone because you are natural and for sure this means you are in the flow with this decision.
    As far as I’m concerned I just love challenges and my coaching practice is based just on this ( tickling my clients’ mindset so that they take a leap to success!)
    This year show many transformations and changes which are not suden but the result of long run situations that were ibmbalanced for many of us and for the society in general.
    A great way to wake up! don’t you think?

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    Rick Reply:

    Patricia,
    Thank you for your thoughts. I can tell you I was not natural before shooting this. LOL!
    Since I have posted this I’ve been asked to speak in front of a seminar group, attend a
    couple of networking functions and face some tough decisions about my business…
    all keeping in line with being uncomfortable.
    Remember the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for!”
    I love that you “tickle” you clients mind set. That is what it’s all about, isn’t it?
    RICK

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  13. Peter Fuller MBA on January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Hey Rick

    Here is to a year of being uncomfortable.

    If people just accept it, take action, do what they know the have to do, then 2013 could be the year of being comfortable.

    Peter
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    Rick Reply:

    Peter,
    Glad to see you here. Most of it hides behind action, doesn’t it.
    RICK

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  14. Catwoman on January 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Such a nice article! I totally agree with you, we only can step forward and create evolutionary things if we are out of our comfort zone. But who wants to be out if the comfort zone? It is never a simple thing to get out of it. Sometimes, it could be really hard. BUT it is always worth to do, we only have to see the results. BTW, it isn’t markable on you video that you were out of your comfort zone, you look natural and balanced. I’m looking forward to see more videos from you!
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    Rick Reply:

    Catwoman,
    So appreciate your thoughts. Being out of your comfort zone may cause you to look foolish or embarrass yourself. It’s not fatal! LOL!
    RICK

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  15. Michael on February 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Getting that nagging feeling that its time to be doing something different, that’s an uncomfortable feeling. And exactly where I need to be looking at that part of myself that no longer fits in my life.

    I am not sure whether there is more discomfort with the discovery that something is amiss and needs changing or with the actual change itself. Either way, my year’s agenda for discomfort is set.

    Nice video, I hope you enjoy doing them. Once I started I wanted to do them all the time.
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    Rick Reply:

    Michael,
    Thanks for stopping by. If you’re looking because of this post that’s all one can ask.
    Happy Discomfort!
    RICK

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  16. Narah Valenska on February 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    You rock! You’ve always rocked! :-) I’m in the same space of creating a whole new life as well and 2012 is AWESOMELY uncomfortable. Not always “loving” it but completely accepting and willing to go through the process because as my life motto / tagline says “Life is TOO beautiful to waste!” TM Lots of love to you & Lynn. :-) Ever more proud of you two!!! xoxo

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    Rick Reply:

    Narah,
    So happy you stopped by here. Given all that you have gone through your attitude is a shining beacon in a sea of mediocrity. Thank you for sharing yourself with us all!
    RICK

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  17. Kostas on February 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Hi Rick,
    That’s one of the best wishes I have ever heard, only if we try hard and risk we can be happy, if we just sit and do what we do usually without any change then life would have no meaning. This discomfort is that makes life interesting thanks for sharing this great article…
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    Rick Reply:

    Kostas,
    Funny thing happened the other day. Someone asked if I wanted to appear on a TV show with her. There was a moment’s hesitation and then I remembered I promised to be uncomfortable this year. I need to get a hair cut and figure out what to wear. LOL!
    RICK

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  18. Narah Valenska on February 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Awww! That’s very kind of you to say, very beautiful. Thank you! I look forward to continuing to be in each other’s lives as we have for many years now. I’m rooting for all the new blessings that are coming into your life as you step into this new endeavor too. It’s SO perfect for you guys! IT’S WHO YOU ARE! xoxo

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  19. Steve Borgman on March 15, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Richard, I’m so inspired by watching you put your first video out there. What a great theme: A year of discomfort! I’m sure you’re going to be the better for it after 2012 draws to an end. My discomfort level this year is putting out a couple of products and starting my first podcast by June 2012. It’s great to have a wonderful tribe of entrepreneurs to be uncomfortable with :)
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    Rick Reply:

    Steve,

    You know what I just realized? It’s flippin’ March already. Time for another. Where the heck does the time go? Thanks for the prompting!

    RICK

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