If you are reading this, chances are you don’t feel that thrill anymore. You are embedded in a predictable cycle of routines. You are often afraid to share your experience with strangers. There is no incentive for you to reach new heights.
However, you sometimes have a deep-seated feeling that there is much more to your life than your past and current experiences. You long to live a fulfilling life. If that’s the case for you, then you need to step out of your comfort zone. And for that to happen, you need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
What is the Comfort Zone?
“The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk” (White, 2008).
Why You Should Leave Your Comfort Zone
1.Your real life starts beyond the comfortable bubble of your own feelings, thoughts and beliefs. Your real life encompasses ALL your experiences, not just those you are comfortable with.
2. Regardless of the results, stepping outside of your comfort zone always provides growth opportunities. Even when you don’t succeed the first time you try; you can still learn from that failure and utilize that knowledge in the future.
3. Change is inevitable. And so making it a habit to step out of your comfort zone makes it increasingly easier to deal with change.
4. Stepping out of your comfort zone might allow you to discover a new passion.
5. You learn more about yourself when you choose to try new activities or experiences.
6. Stepping out of your comfort zone can help you to share your experience with a new friend.
How to Leave Your Comfort Zone
- Educate yourself
As humans, we are wired to imagine the worst possible scenario of what could happen, if we push through the realm of what we believe we already know and control. This anxiety originates from the fear of what we do not know.
The most efficient way to break through this self-limiting barrier is to educate ourselves. What is that new adventure you are about to start? Where is that new country you are about to travel to? Whatever it is you are about to start; learn more about it through books, by talking to more experienced people on the subject or by reading articles online. You will find that it is considerably less scary once you have acquired that potentially powerful knowledge.
- Craft an exit strategy
It is worth noting that knowledge is not necessarily power. It becomes power only after you act upon it. That said, after educating yourself, it is time to act upon that knowledge by crafting your blueprint. Avoid making it cumbersome as it could end up scaring you away. Break it down into mini-goals, and progress by focusing on each individual step at a time.
- Take baby steps
Chances are, you will be high on intrinsic motivation just thinking about leaving your comfort zone. This might push you to try to accomplish too much too early. Don’t fall into that trap because you will end up being overwhelmed. Take baby steps while steadily pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone and moving towards your end-goal.
- Do not fear failure
Once you embark on this great journey, it is important to be aware of the fact that you are going to meet “failure” along the way. Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it, learn from it, grow from it and use it as a solid foundation for your eventual success. You only fail if you allow fear to push you to give up.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the most transformational changes you will undertake in your life. By doing so, you are going to enjoy new thrills and new opportunities that you never knew existed; and you will be eager to share your experience with others.