Gini Dietrich

Do One Thing Outside Your Comfort Box in 2011

By: Gini Dietrich | December 30, 2010 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time and I wanted something that wasn’t so business seriousy-related because it’s a holiday week and all. And I’m pretty sure the only people who are working are my team (I AM the Grinch) and only one of our clients (and I mean just him, not the entire company).

So I asked a question on Facebook and the best answer I got was from Claudia Anderson Scimeca. She asks, “If you took 10 giant steps outside of your comfort zone box, what would you love to do in 2011 that your discomfort has thus far prevented you from doing?”

If you know me well, my answer will surprise you. It’s going to be really hard for me to do. And I’d love to hear from you. How do you answer Claudia’s question?

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About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks,ย co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She alsoย is the lead blogger atย Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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bdorman264
bdorman264
5 years 4 months ago

Taking the time to learn and use ‘social’ media in relevant, meaningful way. Obviously I’m not the ‘maven’ or ‘guru’ nor do I strive to be. However, as with anything innovative or technical, you just have to jump in, take your lumps and don’t worry about looking like a ‘doof’ at times. Be bold in 2011.

bdorman264
bdorman264
5 years 4 months ago

Taking the time to learn and use ‘social’ media in relevant, meaningful way. Obviously I’m not the ‘maven’ or ‘guru’ nor do I strive to be. However, as with anything innovative or technical, you just have to jump in, take your lumps and don’t worry about looking like a ‘doof’ at times. Be bold in 2011.

bdorman264
bdorman264
5 years 4 months ago

Taking the time to learn and use ‘social’ media in relevant, meaningful way. Obviously I’m not the ‘maven’ or ‘guru’ nor do I strive to be. However, as with anything innovative or technical, you just have to jump in, take your lumps and don’t worry about looking like a ‘doof’ at times. Be bold in 2011.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@bdorman264 I don’t think anyone is a maven or guru – it’s much too early. And, you’re right…the only way to learn is to jump right in!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@bdorman264 I don’t think anyone is a maven or guru – it’s much too early. And, you’re right…the only way to learn is to jump right in!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@bdorman264 I don’t think anyone is a maven or guru – it’s much too early. And, you’re right…the only way to learn is to jump right in!

ErinBrumleve
ErinBrumleve
5 years 4 months ago
I’ll help you get outside your comfort zone by having more fun, Gini!! For myself, a way that I’m going to adventure outside of my comfort zone is to say “NO”. In a calm and assertive way, not a anxious, passive agressive way. Just a calm and solid, No, and Thankyou. This NO applies to personal and professional requests. I’m trying to develop my psychotherapy practice niche to focus mainly on working with divorce related concerns, so sometimes it’s hard to turn down work that doesn’t fit that niche – but I have to in order to develop a more… Read more »
ErinBrumleve
ErinBrumleve
5 years 4 months ago
I’ll help you get outside your comfort zone by having more fun, Gini!! For myself, a way that I’m going to adventure outside of my comfort zone is to say “NO”. In a calm and assertive way, not a anxious, passive agressive way. Just a calm and solid, No, and Thankyou. This NO applies to personal and professional requests. I’m trying to develop my psychotherapy practice niche to focus mainly on working with divorce related concerns, so sometimes it’s hard to turn down work that doesn’t fit that niche – but I have to in order to develop a more… Read more »
ErinBrumleve
ErinBrumleve
5 years 4 months ago
I’ll help you get outside your comfort zone by having more fun, Gini!! For myself, a way that I’m going to adventure outside of my comfort zone is to say “NO”. In a calm and assertive way, not a anxious, passive agressive way. Just a calm and solid, No, and Thankyou. This NO applies to personal and professional requests. I’m trying to develop my psychotherapy practice niche to focus mainly on working with divorce related concerns, so sometimes it’s hard to turn down work that doesn’t fit that niche – but I have to in order to develop a more… Read more »
arikhanson
arikhanson
5 years 4 months ago

Good question and challenge. Good luck with yours, Gini. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with as far as an activity.

For me, I’m going to go personal. I’ve kinda always wanted to learn how to ski, but I’m fairly terrified of it. Just seems like you have absolutely no control. But, my wife loves (loved) to ski, so it could be something we could do together (and with the kids someday). So, that’s my challenge to myself. Does that qualify?

arikhanson
arikhanson
5 years 4 months ago

Good question and challenge. Good luck with yours, Gini. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with as far as an activity.

For me, I’m going to go personal. I’ve kinda always wanted to learn how to ski, but I’m fairly terrified of it. Just seems like you have absolutely no control. But, my wife loves (loved) to ski, so it could be something we could do together (and with the kids someday). So, that’s my challenge to myself. Does that qualify?

arikhanson
arikhanson
5 years 4 months ago

Good question and challenge. Good luck with yours, Gini. I’ll be curious to see what you come up with as far as an activity.

For me, I’m going to go personal. I’ve kinda always wanted to learn how to ski, but I’m fairly terrified of it. Just seems like you have absolutely no control. But, my wife loves (loved) to ski, so it could be something we could do together (and with the kids someday). So, that’s my challenge to myself. Does that qualify?

T60Productions
5 years 4 months ago

Hi Gini… two things for 2011… I’m going to relinquish a little control over the creative side of my business and turn some of that work over to employees. That will then force me to get out and make more sales calls.

It’s hard to give up control, but I know I must if I want the business to grow.

–Tony Gnau

T60Productions
5 years 4 months ago

Hi Gini… two things for 2011… I’m going to relinquish a little control over the creative side of my business and turn some of that work over to employees. That will then force me to get out and make more sales calls.

It’s hard to give up control, but I know I must if I want the business to grow.

–Tony Gnau

T60Productions
5 years 4 months ago

Hi Gini… two things for 2011… I’m going to relinquish a little control over the creative side of my business and turn some of that work over to employees. That will then force me to get out and make more sales calls.

It’s hard to give up control, but I know I must if I want the business to grow.

–Tony Gnau

EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago
Love this post, Gini! Eerily enough, when I was making out my resolution list for my blog, top of the list was to have more fun! I’m much too intense for my own good. I’m going to embrace the Just Dance Wii side of me and be silly with my kids and my husband. Outside my comfort zone…I’m there most of the time, but to really push, I’d say it’s going to be to learn to ask for help. Seriously, I need to relinquish that control and ask for help when I need it. I’ll send you some good fiction… Read more »
EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago
Love this post, Gini! Eerily enough, when I was making out my resolution list for my blog, top of the list was to have more fun! I’m much too intense for my own good. I’m going to embrace the Just Dance Wii side of me and be silly with my kids and my husband. Outside my comfort zone…I’m there most of the time, but to really push, I’d say it’s going to be to learn to ask for help. Seriously, I need to relinquish that control and ask for help when I need it. I’ll send you some good fiction… Read more »
EricaAllison
5 years 4 months ago
Love this post, Gini! Eerily enough, when I was making out my resolution list for my blog, top of the list was to have more fun! I’m much too intense for my own good. I’m going to embrace the Just Dance Wii side of me and be silly with my kids and my husband. Outside my comfort zone…I’m there most of the time, but to really push, I’d say it’s going to be to learn to ask for help. Seriously, I need to relinquish that control and ask for help when I need it. I’ll send you some good fiction… Read more »
ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS
5 years 4 months ago
So, to be fair, since you were kind enough to use my question, Gini, I will share my “jump outside of my comfort box” goal for 2011. I want to take on video blogging with a passion. I have wanted to do it for awhile but I have stopped myself (comfort zone and all ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, you, Gini, are a role model of sorts in the video blogging arena…you make it look easy and you appear comfortable in front of the camera. I have done a couple of video contests that have allowed me to stay behind the camera, but… Read more »
ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS
5 years 4 months ago
So, to be fair, since you were kind enough to use my question, Gini, I will share my “jump outside of my comfort box” goal for 2011. I want to take on video blogging with a passion. I have wanted to do it for awhile but I have stopped myself (comfort zone and all ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, you, Gini, are a role model of sorts in the video blogging arena…you make it look easy and you appear comfortable in front of the camera. I have done a couple of video contests that have allowed me to stay behind the camera, but… Read more »
ParkRidgeDDS
ParkRidgeDDS
5 years 4 months ago
So, to be fair, since you were kind enough to use my question, Gini, I will share my “jump outside of my comfort box” goal for 2011. I want to take on video blogging with a passion. I have wanted to do it for awhile but I have stopped myself (comfort zone and all ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, you, Gini, are a role model of sorts in the video blogging arena…you make it look easy and you appear comfortable in front of the camera. I have done a couple of video contests that have allowed me to stay behind the camera, but… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ErinBrumleve I support this as long as the no never comes in the form of: No skiing, no cycling, no visits, no wine, no gelato, and no hiking. Well, pretty much I support this if you never say no to me!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ErinBrumleve I support this as long as the no never comes in the form of: No skiing, no cycling, no visits, no wine, no gelato, and no hiking. Well, pretty much I support this if you never say no to me!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ErinBrumleve I support this as long as the no never comes in the form of: No skiing, no cycling, no visits, no wine, no gelato, and no hiking. Well, pretty much I support this if you never say no to me!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@arikhanson OMG! @ErinBrumleve and I will teach you how to ski! The only terrifying part is the very first run. Then it is SO MUCH FUN!!! You have total control and, if you fall, you’re falling into snow. So it doesn’t hurt. The only time people hurt themselves is when they’re skiing too fast in trees without a helmet (Sonny Bono) or trying to ski moguls with no experience (Mr. D.). I fully support this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@arikhanson OMG! @ErinBrumleve and I will teach you how to ski! The only terrifying part is the very first run. Then it is SO MUCH FUN!!! You have total control and, if you fall, you’re falling into snow. So it doesn’t hurt. The only time people hurt themselves is when they’re skiing too fast in trees without a helmet (Sonny Bono) or trying to ski moguls with no experience (Mr. D.). I fully support this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@arikhanson OMG! @ErinBrumleve and I will teach you how to ski! The only terrifying part is the very first run. Then it is SO MUCH FUN!!! You have total control and, if you fall, you’re falling into snow. So it doesn’t hurt. The only time people hurt themselves is when they’re skiing too fast in trees without a helmet (Sonny Bono) or trying to ski moguls with no experience (Mr. D.). I fully support this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@T60Productions This is a great goal! As a fellow business owner, relinquishing control is SO HARD!! But you know you’ll be very thankful you did it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@T60Productions This is a great goal! As a fellow business owner, relinquishing control is SO HARD!! But you know you’ll be very thankful you did it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@T60Productions This is a great goal! As a fellow business owner, relinquishing control is SO HARD!! But you know you’ll be very thankful you did it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@EricaAllison I gotta get this Just Dance I keep hearing about! Asking for help is a good one, too. I think most women struggle with that. Love this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@EricaAllison I gotta get this Just Dance I keep hearing about! Asking for help is a good one, too. I think most women struggle with that. Love this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@EricaAllison I gotta get this Just Dance I keep hearing about! Asking for help is a good one, too. I think most women struggle with that. Love this!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ParkRidgeDDS Two things: I was petrified, at first, of doing video. I did the first one something like 12 times. And then I decided just to post it and I cringed while I waited for responses. The second thing is that I NEVER watch the video after I post it. If I did, I’d likely take it down. So, in the words of Nike, JUST DO IT!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ParkRidgeDDS Two things: I was petrified, at first, of doing video. I did the first one something like 12 times. And then I decided just to post it and I cringed while I waited for responses. The second thing is that I NEVER watch the video after I post it. If I did, I’d likely take it down. So, in the words of Nike, JUST DO IT!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@ParkRidgeDDS Two things: I was petrified, at first, of doing video. I did the first one something like 12 times. And then I decided just to post it and I cringed while I waited for responses. The second thing is that I NEVER watch the video after I post it. If I did, I’d likely take it down. So, in the words of Nike, JUST DO IT!

jonbuscall
5 years 4 months ago

Hmm, tough one that. In terms of work I think I have to try to consistently video blog. I really hate the idea of doing this because of pure vanity but I’m going to try. Outside of work, I’m going to go to go to Vietnam and Laos in the summer. That’s really out of the comfort zone for me.

jonbuscall
5 years 4 months ago

Hmm, tough one that. In terms of work I think I have to try to consistently video blog. I really hate the idea of doing this because of pure vanity but I’m going to try. Outside of work, I’m going to go to go to Vietnam and Laos in the summer. That’s really out of the comfort zone for me.

jonbuscall
5 years 4 months ago

Hmm, tough one that. In terms of work I think I have to try to consistently video blog. I really hate the idea of doing this because of pure vanity but I’m going to try. Outside of work, I’m going to go to go to Vietnam and Laos in the summer. That’s really out of the comfort zone for me.

Andrea_Judith
Andrea_Judith
5 years 4 months ago

Great post, Gini! I hope to take improv classes in 2011 as a way to build my confidence personally and raise my comfort level with thinking on my feet as a PR professional. I’m terrified of embarrassing myself (and I’m sure the aspiring thespians in class will wonder what the heck I’m doing there) but I’m excited to see what happens!

Andrea_Judith
Andrea_Judith
5 years 4 months ago

Great post, Gini! I hope to take improv classes in 2011 as a way to build my confidence personally and raise my comfort level with thinking on my feet as a PR professional. I’m terrified of embarrassing myself (and I’m sure the aspiring thespians in class will wonder what the heck I’m doing there) but I’m excited to see what happens!

Andrea_Judith
Andrea_Judith
5 years 4 months ago

Great post, Gini! I hope to take improv classes in 2011 as a way to build my confidence personally and raise my comfort level with thinking on my feet as a PR professional. I’m terrified of embarrassing myself (and I’m sure the aspiring thespians in class will wonder what the heck I’m doing there) but I’m excited to see what happens!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@jonbuscall You can do it! I know you can! I’ve seen you on video and you’re a natural. Plus that accent! And on the personal side, I can’t wait to live vicariously through your travels.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@jonbuscall You can do it! I know you can! I’ve seen you on video and you’re a natural. Plus that accent! And on the personal side, I can’t wait to live vicariously through your travels.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@jonbuscall You can do it! I know you can! I’ve seen you on video and you’re a natural. Plus that accent! And on the personal side, I can’t wait to live vicariously through your travels.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@Andrea_Judith LOVE THIS! repmancody is a huge proponent of using improv in PR, especially in new business pitches. I can’t wait to hear how you do!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@Andrea_Judith LOVE THIS! repmancody is a huge proponent of using improv in PR, especially in new business pitches. I can’t wait to hear how you do!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 4 months ago

@Andrea_Judith LOVE THIS! repmancody is a huge proponent of using improv in PR, especially in new business pitches. I can’t wait to hear how you do!

T60Productions
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Thanks Gini… I’m trying. We’re launching a new creative service in 2011 and my goal is to have very little to do with it… in a manner of speaking. :-)

T60Productions
5 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Thanks Gini… I’m trying. We’re launching a new creative service in 2011 and my goal is to have very little to do with it… in a manner of speaking. :-)

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