Tag: Fausat Mimisola Hassan

Breaking out of your comfort zone



We all love our comfort zone, a place I refer to as the C-zone where we, in one way or the other feel “safe” and “secure”. The fear of uncertainty, pain and taking risks is the reason why many of us remain in the C-zone and use it as a cushion of refuge and a form of protection to avoid the reality of life. Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you really want to do something but you develop the lazy thought of “I would do it but I can’t be bothered?” If so, then perhaps you have a feeling of contentment. If you want to grow, discover your potentials, capabilities and skills to develop yourself and make a difference then you have to migrate from the C-zone, step into the real world and make things happen.

Your comfort zone makes you feel so comfortable in your own world, making you think everywhere else is uncomfortable. This causes you to explore nowhere other than the 3 rooms in the C-zone. Picture your comfort zone as a small house with just 3 rooms; the Cosy room, the Contentment room and the Cloistered room or what I call ‘the 3 C’s of the C-zone’. None of these rooms contain any motivation to push you to make bold decisions, and the worst of all, there is no room for improvement and progression. The comfort zone is a beautiful place, a wonderful place even to sit and do absolutely nothing but guess what? Nothing ever grows there. It is a place of infertility where you can’t bring your plans and ideas to fruition.


How-To-Step-Out-Of-Your-Comfort-ZoneTake yourself out of your comfort zone – place yourself in the learning zone and take up a challenge. Exposure to challenges leads to personal discovery, in other words finding out more about yourself, your skills and how to utilise them. It also takes you on an exciting journey of personal growth and development. Challenges are not there to be avoided but for you to overcome them and learn from them. If you are avoiding challenges then you are avoiding growth. However, all the above will not happen if you do not take the bold decision of stepping out of your fortress and taking a daring leap into the wilderness. Comfort zones lead to the adoption of laziness, procrastination, self-inflicted helplessness and unnecessary pity-parties.

At this point, you are probably asking yourself ‘but how do I step out of my C-zone?’ It’s not easy, but who said that the road of life 002216fwould be easy? As difficult as it may be, it’s got to be done and if you allow fear to take over then you will surely go no further. Fear is a major component that leads to self-imprisonment in the C-zone. Fear of social judgements, rejection and failure discourages one of making bold and deliberate decisions towards progression and taking risks, but remember:  failure is not a reason to give up, it is an opportunity to improve yourself, develop a different strategy and work harder. It is the golden opportunity to try again using a different approach to achieve better results. Now let me answer the ultimate “HOW?” question.


How to step out of the C-zone

I. Identify your comfort zone, find the root of what is keeping you in there and deal with it.

II. Change your mindset and your way of thinking. Start seeing your comfort zone as a prison and not as a place of shelter. Embrace the discomfort, avoid taking the broad path and take the narrow path. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

III. Do not sprint out of your comfort zone but take gradual steps and slowly expand the perimeter of your C-zone. Let the discomfort strengthen you to slowly demolish the wall you’ve built around yourself stopping you from elevating.

IV. Set yourself some goals and develop strategies to achieve them. As time goes on, check your progress and identify the areas that need improvement to confirm that you are slowly getting there.


As you make the decision to take gradual steps out of your comfort zone, you are also taking steps towards the expansion of your comfort zone. It will enable you to build your confidence and develop an optimistic attitude which will then make you more inclined to take risks and excel.


Word of advice: life begins when you step out of your comfort zone. Don’t live a life of mediocrity, step out of your comfort zone and you will notice that it was never a comfortable place to be in. You are only restricted by the barriers you build yourself so do something outside your comfort zone and make a difference in your life and that of others.


by Mimi (@Miminspired)

Success with humility

Accumulate success with humility

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word success? Nice, flashy cars that will cause people to turn their heads when you drive past? Having your own business? Perhaps owning a number of mansions and properties? Or maybe you’re more focused on enjoying the simple things in life – like having time for yourself, becoming your own boss and being able to take some time off to travel and explore the world without having to fill in a holiday form to request. Regardless of what your mental perception of success may be, there is a key ingredient required to attain greater success, and that key ingredient is humility. Yes, you read that right, humility.


You may be racking your brain and probably asking yourself ‘what has humility got to do with success?’ It has got a lot to do with it and I will give you 3 reasons why it is important to remain humble as you go through the journey towards success.


1. Humility keeps you focused

A humble character is a vital component for achieving success in all areas of life. It is an unspoken inner strength that doesn’t require the need for praise. It should not be mistaken for shyness, introversion or quietness.

So let’s say you’ve worked hard to  finally achieve your goals. You’ve got the latest cars, mansions and properties and you’ve established your dream business which is now worth so much money. However one thing can make you lose it all, and that thing is pride. Being humble even after all your accomplishments will help you stay focused on things that money can’t buy and matters most in life – kind words. Just because you have achieved everything you wanted in life doesn’t mean you have the right to disregard, belittle and look down on people, because no matter how high you think you are, never forget that there will always be someone higher than you, so humble yourself. Do not forget the selfless smile and the helping hand. On the road to success, humility serves as a constant reminder that success is not only about the things you achieve, but what you give to others from the things that God gave you the strength, ability, grace and wisdom to achieve. It’s about giving others a helping hand.


2. Humility makes you educable success

We have all come across them before. The know-it-all businessman, the ‘I-don’t-need-to-learn’ type of manager and the ‘don’t-tell-me-what-to-do’ type of CEO. The kind of people that believe they have it all and therefore have no need to learn. Just imagine how far these people could go if they humbled themselves and strived to acquire more knowledge to further develop and improve on the things they already have. Humility is vital as it serves as a reminder that you don’t know it all. It creates open-mindedness, giving you the ability to learn from people around you. Humility is acknowledging the fact that true success is a never-ending journey, but rather a lifelong one. No matter how high you get in life as you pursue success, open yourself up to be teachable and acquire fresh knowledge. A wise person is the one who may be at the top but knows that there is always something new to be learned from others. If you don’t humble yourself in life, situations will teach you a lesson and cause you to humble yourself. Humility is sign of strength, not weakness.


_VictoriaFalls3. Humility keeps you happy and positive

We live in an era of entitlement where everyone is walking around thinking the entire world owes them. However, when you are humble in life you appreciate everything you possess, you begin to understand that in actual fact everything you own is a blessing. Yes, you may have worked very hard for what you have today but what you need to understand that for your ability to breathe, move and work towards your achievement is a blessing. The reality is that in the blink of an eye, you can lose the things you have worked extremely hard for all your life or lose the people closest to you. Therefore, always remain humble.

No matter what level you’re on, never think you’re above anyone and never forget where you came from. Understand the importance of humility and apply it to your pursuit of success. Humility is getting to the top and remembering that you were once at the bottom and reaching out to others to pull them up to a better position. You didn’t get to the top without climbing up step by step. You started from the bottom and slowly but surely made your way up. You’ve been low before. So the next time you think about success, take a moment to also think about humility and how far it can take you. Perhaps that will give you a different perception of the word success. In the words of C.S. Lewis,  “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”


Word of advice: when you become successful DO NOT forget the people who gave up a lot in life for you and dropped so much just to give you a helping hand and push you up.

At your highest, humble yourself.

At your lowest, humble yourself.

In everything you do, humble yourself.


By Mimi (@Miminspired)


Introducing Mimi Hassan…

Me Firi Ghana’s latest blogger to provide readers with weekly inspirational words of wisdom

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Me Firi Ghana blogging team..

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Fausat Mimisola Hassan also known as Mimi or Miminspired on social media is 24 years of age. She was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian mother and a Nigerian father and moved to Ghana where she spent most of  her childhood before moving to the Netherlands where she spent the beginning of  her teen years. At the age of 15, her family  moved and settled in the United Kingdom where she completed her secondary education  then moved on into higher education graduating with a Bsc honours Degree in Psychology. Even though she branched out of her field of study to work as a computer analyst for one of UK’s well-known banks; Nationwide bank, She still has the ambition to eventually further her education with aspirations of becoming a qualified counsellor.

Ever since she developed the passion to become a counsellor, it has been her aim to be an inspiration to herself as well as others hence the name “Miminspired”. Due to the challenging process of growing up, she was exposed to many things that gave her eye-opening experiences that led her to appreciate and respect people’s situations and circumstances. She always try’s to live by her own quote “your current situation is not your permanent situation” which she wrote a while back to remind myself as well as others that situations do change and therefore it is always important to maintain a positive attitude.

As a way to inspire people Mimi  will be sharing on a weekly basis an inspiration column entitled ‘W.O.W ( words of wisdom) of the week’.

Mimi says of the column: “I’m looking forward to bringing this on board to inspire readers of the Mefiri Ghana blog and  be part of such a great team.”


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