People talk about stepping outside of their comfort zone like it's stepping into the Twilight Zone, the unknown, a mysterious place no one dares to dip even a toe in on their own. First things first – what is it we consider to be our comfort zone? Well, anything that keeps anxiety and stress levels in check – regular stuff like working, cooking, watching television and so on, anything we consider to be the “norm”.
The problem with this “keeping to our comfort zone” thinking is it keeps us safe, and that's not always a good thing. Being comfortable is fine, living the majority of our lives comfortably is a necessity, but allowing complacency or settling for mediocrity is a big no-no. Although comfort brings a sense of familiarity and calm, it can also prevent us from being creative and curious, things we were naturally born to be. That means creating new ideas and being curious about what is and about what's next. So step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and embrace uncertainty with open arms, you’ll be glad you did!
Take this famous quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" and here's why:
1 Grow: Challenging yourself can help you reach higher levels within your work and personal life. You can’t expect to evolve and reach new peaks if you only stick to your routine lifestyle. Learning new skills, meeting new people and exploring new places will help you expand your mind and find a “new you”.
2 Learn: Taking risks will help you flourish as an individual and will teach you about passions, strengths and talents you never knew you had. Every time you accomplish something you didn’t think you could, you become more confident, knowledgeable and overall…. happy!
3 Make new friends: Going to places you usually wouldn’t, helps you to meet all sorts of new people you would not have met otherwise. In order to have great relationships with others, you must have a great relationship with yourself. Stepping out of your comfort zone, discovering who you really are and overcoming yours fears will ultimately result in better and exciting relationships with others around you.
4 Deal with dramas: Life can be an unpredictable rollercoaster and it’s important to have the confidence and know-how to face them head on. Knowing that you are able to overcome something you thought was unconquerable will build your confidence and reinforce your independence, knowing you can take life by the horns.
5 Life becomes exciting: When your daily routine stops being a scene from the movie Groundhog Day, you will start appreciating life and will naturally fall into an exciting lifestyle. Risks will start to look more like adventures and obstacles could look like opportunities. When you are happier on the inside, your appreciation for your surroundings will increase, and if you’re even a slight believer in the Laws of Attraction, appreciation, gratitude and positivity goes a long way.
Ok ok, we're not asking you to go bungee jumping every month or abseiling on your next holiday, but the feeling of individual success far outweighs the initial fear and immediately eradicates any regret. Take this attitude into the workplace, at home and in your social life. Be bold, ambitious and embrace what you have feared in the past. You truly don’t know what you’re capable of until you step outside your comfort zone and free yourself from fear. By discovering this strength, you will instantly change your life and feel a sense of freedom like you’ve never felt before.