Navigating out of Comfort Zone to achieve your goals & Latest PgMP® / PfMP® Stats 2020

Navigating out of Comfort Zone to achieve your goals & Latest PgMP® / PfMP® Stats 2020

The term “Comfort Zone” has been put to use in professional citations since the 1991 work “Danger in the comfort zone”. It became widely popular after the paper “From Comfort Zone to Performance Management” by Alasdair White in 2008. “Comfort zone” is to be understood as a behavioral state from which an individual operates or works or carries on his way of life. Comfort zone is almost unique to everyone, and it may or may not be equivalent to another individual.

In our life, we do come out of our comfort zones many times, though we rarely recognize it. Your first day at school, moving from school to college, college to your first job, making your next big career move, etc. could be stated as examples.

Comfort zone

Comfort Zone

At these points in time, we would have experienced a lot of pressure to adapt, expand our skills and continue to learn and evolve. Our inner ego would have pushed us to get out of being labelled as incompetent, inauthentic or an imposter and succeed in the new role assigned to us by time.

It’s also critical to understand first the opportunities this journey out of your comfort zone would reward you. Here we discuss some ways using which we can navigate ourselves out of our comfort zones to achieve success.

Indicators of you being in a comfort zone

Let’s take a case where you have been working as a manager in a reputed organization, handling specific operations, and you are awesome at what you do. If you have specific career goals, and you have identified your destination, you need to understand whether you are currently in a comfort zone first.

Some indicators could be,

  • You are doing your job with ease and make consistent paychecks
  • You don’t have anybody to benchmark within the organization or the industry forum
  • You are pretty much self-sustained, and you don’t see yourself any scope for further growth
Being in a comfort zone

Being in a comfort zone

Comfort zone Assessment Questions

Here are some questions which can help you understand if you are already in the comfort zone.

  1. When was the last time you were very stressed in making some decisions at work?
  2. When did you last take up a new challenge?
  3. When did you do something creative and new?
  4. Are you happy with what you are doing?
  5. Are you sure that you are not lost nor out of control?

Why do we need to move out of the Comfort Zone?

When we are in the comfort zone, we don’t learn; we don’t evolve. Learning gets halted, and we fail to embrace new ideas and concepts. We stop experiencing newer things in life, and this might result in loss of acquiring critical behavior or skills. We naturally become the victim of behavior patterns which we are used to as the time spent on comfort zone becomes longer.

Why do we need to move out of the Comfort Zone?

Why do we need to move out of the Comfort Zone?

Gone are the days where living in such a context is not a life challenging issue for an individual. Times have changed, and in today’s professional world, only those who embrace continuous learning and adaptability are better poised to succeed.

Understanding the Fear zone

For any individual contributor of a team, the moment you feel that you have the capability coupled with an excellent opportunity to be part of leadership or management, your journey out of your comfort zone has begun.

When you think about doing something new, you naturally get fear, or you feel terrified. When this thing happens, most of us cloak ourselves with any of these following excuses:

  • Yeah, I’m doing what I know very well, and there is nothing wrong about it.
  • Why do we need to change the status when everything is going fine today?
  • Having a false impression that you have future proof skills because you are thriving today.
  • I have maneuvered myself this far, why do I need to propel my limits further.
Understanding the Fear zone

Understanding the Fear zone

When we are in the fear zone, we also tend to be affected by other opinions and get annoyed. Typically, in projects, some people can be identified in a peculiar way wherein they will not share any information due to insecurity or fear. They always worry about what is going to happen.

These are individuals who build a shell around themselves thinking what will others think If I ask this question, maybe people will laugh at me, ridicule me, etc. These are good signs indicating you are in the fear zone.

What is needed to come out of the fear zone?

  1. Courage
  2. Compassion
  3. Wisdom
Come out of the fear zone

Come out of the fear zone

Have the courage to understand and look situation like “You are not alone” in this. Look at the situations more positively. Consume information which is more reliable and that which will lead you the right direction. Trust yourself first, and also others around you. Get around with people who are your well-wishers and find them within the project organization. Discuss your fears openly with them take baby steps to come out of it. Believe that when you confront your fears, you will also be able to help others confront the fear and manage it better for the overall good of the organization. It might take longer than you think to come out of it, but it is alright. You will be able to maneuver out of the fear zone and move towards reaching your full potential by getting transformed at the Learning Zone.

Most individuals tend to get stuck in this zone or go back to their comfort zone. You must stay in the course of advancing into the subsequent zone. The journey is more rewarding than the end goal of getting beyond the growth zone. Now let’s look at the learning zone.

Learning Zone: Knowing vs Doing Gap

Learning Zone

Learning Zone

You are managing a project in India; you have a multi-cultural and a multi-lingual environment. Such a context could position you to get out of the comfort zone to interact, manage these stakeholders.

You, an expert in process manufacturing, is assigned to work on a new project where you are dealing with discrete manufacturing. Here you will have the pressure of handling something new which you haven’t done before.

Given these kinds of situations, project managers tend to look at various resources in terms of books, YouTube videos, courses and prepare themselves. Yet, they will have the anxiety as there is a Knowing-Doing gap. In this case, the learning ought to get transformed as behavior.

Dr Andy Molinsky is a professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School and author of “Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence” recommends 3Cs for the same they are:

  • Conviction
  • Customization
  • Clarity
3Cs

3Cs

Conviction is more towards understanding the deep sense of purpose which can come from the activities which can help your self-esteem or when you have the intent of helping or enabling others. For example, you have a challenge in your project to work on a Gantt Chart, which is essential to be presented to the management. You find that no one else in the team knows about it. Now you need to have the conviction to build it yourself first time as you want to enable the team to help them understand the project situation better. That intent helps you to get you the transformation required. This way, you have responded to the challenge, and also acquired a new skill in the process.

Customization is more of tweaking the solution in your way. Every project organization or PMOs could be different. What worked in your previous office might not work here, as people have cultural and behavior differences. You must customize the data, context, terminology, presentation to their needs by taking steps completely new compared to what you have done in the past. Being adaptive is the most beautiful thing people always admire.

Clarity serves the situation where it is very distorted and chaos. Especially in Project/Program/Portfolio management, where pressing priorities of activities create a nightmare for the managers and resources become contentious. Step away for a short while to take stock of the situation, put yourselves in other person shoes, Self-reflect upon the situation in the right context. Many times, reaching out to a coach or mentor would help in the situation.

Keep building your resilience by doing good things which you are not comfortable. Some simple examples could be Saying “Hello” to strangers, ordering food other than your routine. These acts could increase your will power and mental attitude. By doing these, you can make learning zone your comfort zone and start advancing into the growth zone. Consistently focusing on moving out of the comfort zone is the key.

Growth Zone

Instead of thinking “What if I’m not good enough?”, thinking more like “What if I’m good enough and moving towards success?” would help to be in the growth zone.

Instead of worrying and being stranded at the learning zone, identify the gap in terms of training, upskilling needs, mentoring, coaching needs that navigate towards your objectives. For example, if you are lacking in risk management or project management and need guidance, reach out to the right consultants or coaches or mentors who can help you succeed.

Eradicate the habitual negative thinking and internal fears. With the help of knowledge that you acquired in your learning zone; you should be able to manage things in the growth zone easily. Always ask “What’s the best, most productive action I can take to get the best possible outcome given the situation?”. Change your environment to be positive, have positivity anchors and use visualization techniques. By changing the internal representation of the problem, your ability to recover from that is increased manifold. As a project manager, there are a lot of dependencies and constraints you ought to manage; these dependencies and constraints need to be overcome to eliminate the fear of failure.

Growth Zone

Growth Zone

Typically, negative experiences are what creates fear within. If you believe and value whatever you are doing, you will find a way. You will begin to see them as challenges as opposed to problems or obstacles. Make your goals SMART and start recording your smaller achievements in a book which you can use to track and repeatedly revisit to gain motivation. By eliminating needless fears and factors that hamper your progress, you can break out and live a life beyond limits!

PgMP® / PfMP® certifications

For most senior professionals in the project-program-portfolio management community, there has been no bigger phobia than the PgMP® / PfMP® certification exams. Over the past few years, an aura of unconquerability has been associated surrounding these certifications, but nothing can be far from the actual truth. With proper guidance supported by a well laid out action plan, followed by commitment and hard work, these certifications are achievable, and many of my students are witnesses to the fact. Let us look at the recent stats, concerning these two certifications to understand how exactly this community has managed to thrive irrespective of the current context.

Between 1st July 2020 and 1st Sept 2020, 60 professionals successfully attained their PgMP®, of which 12 are my students. Congratulations to all 60 of them for continuing to have the inner drive to succeed in these tough times.

Welcoming 60 New PgMPs

Welcoming 60 New PgMP®s

 

Welcoming 60 New PgMPs

Welcoming 60 New PgMP®s

 

Welcoming 60 New PgMPs

Welcoming 60 New PgMP®s

Regarding PgMP®, as on 1st Sept 2020, vCare has contributed to the success of 289 global PgMP®s (out of 3,286) from 43 countries.

vCare Project Management PgMP Stats

vCare Project Management PgMP® Stats

 

Global PgMP Stats

Global PgMP® Stats

Between 1st July 2020 and 1st Sept 2020, 27 professionals successfully attained their PfMP®, of which 2 are my students.

Welcoming 27 New PfMP®s

Welcoming 27 New PfMP®s

 

Welcoming 27 New PfMP®s

Welcoming 27 New PfMP®s

As on 1st Sept 2020, Global PfMP® count is 911, with 41 of them (5%) with a successful pass rate of 100% being aided by our services.

Global PfMP® Stats

Global PfMP® Stats

Special thanks to the 14 students for entrusting me with their PgMP® / PfMP® certification journey.

1. Vikas Kumar  2. Gautam Bhatia  3. Jason Gardel  4. Faysal Ghauri

5. Tushar Rawal  6. Oleg Kazalov  7. Kalo Atanasov  8. Ranjit Oberai

9. Ambarish Gupta  10. Hemansh Rastogi  11. Vincy Li  12. Natalie Romanoff

13. Omair Mustafa  14. Hisham Sami Ghulam

Even as this pandemic crisis is still rolling out and impacting our economy and jobs, many professionals have elected to emerge out of their comfort zones and work towards pursuing their learning/certification goals. For us, as a leading training provider, the challenge was to customize and optimize our training delivery to meet the online learning requirements that time has thrust on us. What we saw as a challenge and a difficult mountain to climb initially, later turned out to be a smooth journey filled with more advantageous in terms of course delivery, benefiting both the trainers and students on many fronts. Whoever is taking advantage of this lean period to lunge forward are already starting to see benefits with their professional life.

My opinion is that 95% of people stay in their comfort zone. Around 3% people take steps to walk in the fear zone and stay there or come back to comfort zone. 1.5% people stay in the learning zone, and some of them come back to Fear Zone or even Comfort Zone. 0.49% people reach to the Growth Zone, some come back to the lower zones. Less than 0.01% of people go above or stretch beyond the Growth Zone and do wonders. They never return to the lower zone as they move with the escape velocity. Do come out of your comfort zone; the sky is your limit. For those already in the sky, space is your limit. Trust me; you will live a life beyond your dreams. Between, no one is born with skills and attitude, which will take you all the way. More you look inside it will assist you to look beyond the invisible boundaries.

For those of you in the project management space, who wish to get help in navigating out of your comfort zone and achieve PgMP® / PfMP® certifications, consider signing up for our online programs. We will guide you through all the facets of the PgMP® / PfMP® certification journey. Taking into consideration the hardships that companies and professionals are going through currently, we are offering multiple discounts and flexible payment options to these programs. These programs are conducted over customized timings across different time zones to cater to the requests of the students. Given below are the various online programs’ links. Kindly share this information with anyone who you believe might benefit from it.

PgMP®: http://bit.ly/2oBKQXQ

PfMP®: http://bit.ly/39jOZSf

PMP®: https://bit.ly/2BU0mFp

E-Learning: http://bit.ly/3b2HOid

For any questions related to Project Management career, training and certifications, you can book an obligation free 15 minutes session with me by visiting http://bit.ly/2SbhTOK

PgMP4U is an online mobile application that helps one prepare for the PgMP® exam on the go. Our app gives the essential support required for cracking the PgMP® exam.

iOS | Apple: https://apple.co/2QUngkx; Android | Google Play: http://bit.ly/2QVM5gg

PgMP4U

PgMP4U

PgMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/2SBPwIp

PfMP4U LinkedIn Group: http://bit.ly/31P7GKR

Subscribe to vCare Project Management YouTube Channel to view our PgMP® and PfMP® Success Stories: https://bit.ly/2YF0wJl

Subscribe and follow my Podcasts and interviews with Project Management Experts on YouTube at https://bit.ly/2NDY8wd

“Working together for success.”

 

PfMP®- Marching towards a great milestone – 1000

PfMP®- Marching towards a great milestone – 1000

PfMP® is moving at a great pace. The milestone of 1000 is getting closer, and we are eventually about to witness the 1000th PfMP® in the mid of 2020. Between 17 Nov 2019 and 22 Dec 2019, a total of 18 PfMP®s has passed the exam.

Welcoming 18 New PfMP®s

Welcoming 18 New PfMP®s

Among those 18, vCare Project Management is proud to have supported two PfMP®s to become certified. Thanks to Anirikshith K Chinnaswamy and Tim Miller for trusting our guidance.

Our PfMP® Success Stories

Our PfMP® Success Stories

 

Our PfMP® Success Stories

Our PfMP® Success Stories

PfMP® is a globally recognized certification awarded to professionals who prove themselves capable of managing complex situations in a portfolio of an organization. PfMP® allows you to promote yourself in your organization. PfMP® is an industry neutral certification establishes your capability to manage a portfolio of projects and makes you a target for the most lucrative top-level jobs in any industry.

vCare Project Management is the most trusted training provider with a 100% success rate in PfMP® certification. It helps you to gain the skills and knowledge required to pass your PfMP® certification in the first attempt with an above-target score.

PfMP® stats

Global PfMP® Stats

Global PfMP® Stats

 

PfMP® Stats in Europe

PfMP® Stats in Europe

  • The USA has been strengthened with eight new PfMP®s and maintains its top position.
Top 3 PfMP® Countries

Top 3 PfMP® Countries

  • Canada and India have produced 1 PfMP® each and stay in their 2nd and 3rd position, respectively.
  • Saudi has a total of 56 PfMP®s where 8 PfMP®s have been benefitted from our guidance which is 14% of the total global PfMP®s in Saudi Arabia.
Gulf Countries PfMP® Stats

Gulf Countries PfMP® Stats

  • Australia is in the 6th position with 25 PfMP®s. Out of the 25 PfMP®s, vCare Project Management has supported the success of 12 PfMP®s which is 48% of the total PfMP®s from Australia.
PfMP® Stats in Australia

PfMP® Stats in Australia

2019 has been an excellent year for PfMP®s in comparison with the yesteryears. In 2019 itself (As on 22 Dec 2019), a total of 186 professionals have achieved this prestigious certification. That’s a very encouraging number for any PfMP® aspirant.

PfMP® Growth Chart

PfMP® Growth Chart

Global PfMP®s count has now reached 832. We are likely to witness the 1000th PfMP® in the mid of 2020. Happy that we’ve contributed to the success of 34 PfMP®s globally and expecting to see more in the coming months.

We have announced 4 PfMP® programs to kick start the new year.

Training Calendar

Training Calendar

This will be an excellent opportunity to present yourself as one among the prestigious 1000 PfMP®s. To know more about these programs, you can visit https://vcareprojectmanagement.com/collections/pfmp-classroom/PfMP.

For more queries and clarifications, you can book an obligation free 15 minutes session by clicking https://www.dharamsingh.co/

You can visit our YouTube Channel for all past and future webinar recordings of PgMP® and PfMP® success stories. Every month, we are adding 2-3 sessions. If you subscribe, you can get the notification for every new session.

You can also join our PfMP4U Whatsapp group. It is an active group where discussions on PfMP® exam preparation are brought to light daily.

You can also reach me for any guidance at +1 650 283 0123

Check Out our Online Mentoring Programs,

Program Management PgMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

Portfolio Management PfMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

Project Management PMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

Working together for Success…

 

 

 

Welcoming 30 new PfMPs – Latest PfMP Stats

Welcoming 30 new PfMPs – Latest PfMP Stats

It is my pleasure to welcome all the 30 new PfMP®s added between 18th September 2019 and 17th November 2019. I am proud that I’ve contributed to the success of two professionals among those thirty. Thanks to Vinod Surapaneni and Khaled Sameeh Al Hassoun for trusting my guidance on their PfMP® journey.

Special congrats for Vinod Surapaneni as he is the 800th PfMP® globally. He attended both my PgMP® and PfMP® mentoring programs. I am glad he has achieved both in record time.

Our PfMP® Success Stories

Our PfMP® Success Stories

 

Our PfMP® Success Stories

Our PfMP® Success Stories

PfMP® Stats

PMI introduced the PfMP® certification in 2013. Through PfMP®, they have certified professionals as having requisite knowledge and skills to lead a portfolio in an organization. There are globally 814 certified PfMP®s (as on 17th November 2019) who are certified capable of handling a portfolio of programs and projects.

Global PfMP® Stats

Global PfMP® Stats

The PfMP® credential recognizes exceptional experience, skill and performance necessary to manage and align a portfolio of projects and programs to realize organizational strategy and objectives.

PfMP® credential holders oversee the success of one or more programs. They also balance conflicting demands between programs and projects, including the allocation of resources based on organizational priorities and capacity.

PfMP® certification is PMI’s most elite qualification offered for Portfolio managers. Employers are demanding portfolio managers to support the strategic objectives of the organization. PfMP® credential holders will gain a distinct advantage in employment and promotional opportunities over their peers.

Some Interesting Facts

  • Cameroon is the 69th country with a PfMP®. Marc-Yvan PANDJA FALEU became the first person from Cameroon with both PgMP® and PfMP® credentials. Marc undertook my mentor program for PgMP®. Congrats Marc on your PfMP® achievement.
Welcome Cameroon to the PfMP® world

Welcome Cameroon to the PfMP® world

 

African Continent PfMP®s

African Continent PfMP®s

  • USA is maintaining its first position with 303 PfMP®s. Canada and India are on the 2nd and 3rd position with 68 and 62 PfMP®s respectively.
Top 3 PfMP® Countries

Top 3 PfMP® Countries

  • PfMP® numbers for China are growing very fast. It has added four new PfMP®s between 18th September 2019 and 17th November 2019
PfMP®s Stats in Europe

PfMP®s Stats in Europe

 

Gulf Countries PfMP® Stats

Gulf Countries PfMP® Stats

  • The overall PfMP® count has crossed 800, and it is marching towards the milestone of 1000. I am eager to see the 1000th PfMP® by the mid of 2020.
PfMP® Growth Chart

PfMP® Growth Chart

Let’s talk and find out how I can make your PfMP® journey smooth and easy. Please book your obligation free 15 mins session by visiting www.dharamsingh.co

You can visit our YouTube Channel for all past and future webinar recordings of PgMP® and PfMP® success stories. Every month, we are adding 2-3 sessions. If you subscribe, you can get the notification for every new session.

Join PfMP4U Whatsapp group for free and enjoy the daily discussions on PfMP® exam preparation. If you are interested in this group, please download WhatsApp and send me a message.

Please feel free to call me for any support and guidance at +1 650 283 0123

Check Out our Online Mentoring Programs,

Program Management PgMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

Portfolio Management PfMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

Project Management PMP®- Online Mentoring Programs – Click Here

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