Racecar driver Mario Andretti reportedly once said: “If everything feels under control you’re just not going fast enough.”

I love the quote. Why is it that when we were children we were willing to take risks and we are not willing to do so today? It is fear, mostly the fear of rejection. I have been there and the best lawyers I know have also (although not all will admit it).

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To be truly successful as lawyers and rainmakers, you have to get comfortable outside your comfort zone. You have to have courage and believe in yourself.

Over the years, the lawyers I have coached who have gained the most from the coaching experience are those who did things they were uncomfortable doing-like public speaking-before they met me.

Are you wondering what you can do to get comfortable outside your comfort zone?  Read: How to Grow Outside Your Comfort Zone by Ali Hale. She focuses on having readers answer these three questions and gives a step-by-step approach:

  1. Where are you too comfortable?
  2. What makes you feel nervous?
  3. How can you jump outside your comfort zone?

Ok, if you have read Ali Hale’s blog post you now have an approach that works. So what do you plan to do in the last quarter of 2015 that is outside your comfort zone?

P.S. Are you a lawyer I coached? If so, I invite you to do a guest post on my blog. Send me your draft on some aspect of client or career development, leadership, mentoring, motivation or another topic.