From a young age, I had dreams and goals I wanted to reach as do we all. However, if you and I succumb to the idea of staying in our comfort zone, those dreams and goals will remain just that.
As Neale, Donald says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Comfort zone is characterized by procrastination, fear, and anxiety. These characteristics hold you back from venturing into the unknown.
For the longest time, I wanted to start exercising and eat healthily, but procrastination has kept in the comfort zone. A few months ago, we went on a hike, and I realized that I tired easily. Since that day, I resolved to take slow steps into fitness by exercising and eating healthy.
Stepping out of the comfort zone is not like snapping of a finger. The process is full of challenges, fears, anxiety, and doubts and not forgetting back sliding. For you to succeed at anything, you have to be willing to try, fail, and try again and again until it becomes your new normal.
Cambridge dictionary defines comfort zone as a situation where you do not have to try out anything new or challenging. It is a situation where you feel comfortable since your abilities are neither tried nor tested.
6 Ways to Help You Step out of Your Comfort Zone
Take Baby Steps
Stepping out of the comfort zone can be equated to when a baby is learning to walk. First, they learn to crawl and then to walk. Others walk before they crawl. Each one of us has different strengths. It is by identifying our depths that we can make a step outside our comfort zone. For an instant, if you are trying to overcome the fear of public speaking, you have to start by addressing people in your group before engaging a large crowd.
It is not a smooth sailing once you step out of your comfort zone. You will be faced with challenging activities. Some of these activities make you question your decisions, but as Brian Tracy said, “You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when trying out something new.”
Not all the successful people you see were born into success; some had to embrace discomfort to achieve success in their careers or businesses. For instance, FUBU founder, Daymond John had embrace discomfort by waiting tables while still working on his dream, making, and selling his products from his mum’s house before finally establishing his plant for manufacturing and shop outlets.
Hang out with People who Challenge you
Seek to communicate with people who challenge your thinking. It opens you up to new ways of thinking. It also gives you the courage to hold conversations with total strangers. You can also watch educative YouTube podcasts. As they give you a variety of things to discuss with friends or colleagues.
Take up Challenging Activities
Stepping out of the comfort zone is a daunting process. However, for you to succeed in life, it is a step that you must take. It would help if you embraced challenges such as rock climbing, hiking, reading challenges. These activities expose you to many opportunities to explore. The exercises help in brain growth and development such that you can respond calmly and quickly in times of crisis.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Albert Einstein
You cannot expect to grow and evolve in life and business if you stick to the same procedures and habit. You have to switch them up. You have to be daring.
Portray a positive outlook when faced with a challenging situation. Try to find alternative solutions to your problems instead of giving up. As the saying goes, “when life throws you lemons, make a lemonade.” Always try and find a positive thing from every challenge. The power of positive thinking and self-believe plays a considerable role when stepping outside your comfort zone. David Schwartz wrote in his book, The Magic of Thinking Big, “those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who think they can’t cannot.
Change Your Look
Confidence plays a significant role in stepping outside of your comfort zone. Our physical appearance and our thoughts and believes portray a lot to the outside world. Thus, Inhibiting us from exploring outside our comfort zone by our outward appearance and lack of self-confidence. You may be having the best characteristics, but without confidence, it will be difficult to venture outside your comfort zone. You can initiate a makeover by wearing bright clothes, or a new haircut. Looking good on the outside gives you a boost of confidence.
Stepping out of your comfort zone presents you with more opportunities for growth. Do not allow fear procrastination and anxiety block you from the sea of possibilities. Use the above ways to slowly but surely step outside until you feel that what was once uncomfortable is your new normal. Embrace the awkward moments, challenges, and you will be a success.