Are You Living In Your Experience Zone?

I always love the beginning of a new month, as it’s an opportunity to start fresh, to set new goals, to give yourself a clean slate. 

Although as of late, I’m beginning to think it doesn’t always have to be about achieving the actual goal, the end game, the outcome. 

I’m starting to realise it really is about the process, the journey, the experience. 

As I’m typing to you, I’m watching the world pass me by, en route by train (I love train travel!) to Montreal, to do a full-day intensive with my speaking coach. 

We’re refining my keynote about what it means to live big, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is the fact it’s not just about getting out of your comfort zone, it’s about getting into your experience zone. 

There’s a reason why experiential learning and experiential leadership development has grown significantly in the past decade.

There’s a reason why experiential gifts are the new big thing. 

And there’s a reason why certain moments, events, and experiences in our life create the lasting impression they do. 

The majority of people spend their lives wanting MORE – wanting to do more, make more, achieve more. And as a result, we often get too caught up in the outcome, what we’re chasing. And in so doing we miss the point entirely!

The solution?

Get into your experience zone!  

What do I mean by that, you may be wondering?

You see, I’m working on a new model and framework. It’s a work in progress, however as it stands, here are the elements that make up your experience zone:

ACTION: We can’t think our way into doing. We spend way too much time thinking, waiting, analysing… we have to actually take ACTION!

EMOTION: Not only does it require certain emotions to get into the zone (fear and courage being two!) an emotional connection also needs to be made. 

NOVELTY: Part of what makes an experience memorable is that it’s new, we are  living it for the first time. And there may likely be an element of surprise and delight. 

PRESENCE: The experience has to happen in real-time, and if you are not fully present for the experience, it won’t be nearly as powerful. 

INSIGHT: As a result of whatever it is you are doing, there has to be some learning, some new stroke of insight. Maybe you learned something new about yourself, about what was possible, or about what matters in the world.  

When you’re in your experience zone…

  • The goal IS the experience!
  • There is no right or wrong, no possibility for failure, no mistakes to be made. 
  • You are already winning… because you are stretching yourself beyond what you thought possible. 

We spend so much of our time thinking our way into action, into belief, into confidence. When in fact, the only way we grow is in the DOING.

Courage is contagious. And when we spend more time in our experience zone building our courage muscle, we’re also building momentum, belief, and confidence. And then what becomes possible in all areas of our lives, well, just wait and see!

And the good news, experiences don’t just refer to activities like bungee jumping, axe throwing, or skydiving. 

They can also include introducing yourself to a stranger, getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal, or finding a new way to work. Or maybe it’s time to cheat on your job,  and sign up to learn a new sport or activity you’ve always wanted to learn!

So, what will you do to get into your experience zone today?

I want to hear from you in the comments below.

Have a FAB week!

P.S. If you’re ready to get into your experience zone, but not sure where to start, let’s book a call! I have a powerful Living BIG Experience day where we will ENSURE you get into your experience zone, and break through whatever may be holding you back! 

 

Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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