Our comfort zone is that comfortable little place that we don’t want to leave. It can be very intimidating to step out of your comfort zone, mostly because of the unknown. Whether it’s in your personal life, your career, or your education, it’s always great to get out of it. It can help you a lot, especially when it comes to personal and professional development. Of course, it’s also important to know your limits and know how far to push yourself out of the zone.
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Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
It Can Help You Overcome Fears
If you have a fear of heights or spiders, the best way to get over them is to experience them. Put a spider on your hand and realise that they aren’t dangerous (depending on where you live…) or climb a hill to see the beautiful view at the top to help overcome your fear of heights. One of my favourite examples is actually public speaking. Most people feel nervous about this when they first start, but the more they do it the more rewarding they realise it is. Obviously, it won’t always work for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try.
You Can Discover New Things
There is so much you may be missing out on by staying where you are comfortable. It’s safe to say that there is a lot for all of us to discover. For me, I used to only eat very few things that I knew were tasty to me. This was until I changed my mindset by stepping into the unknown and started trying new things, I now have a much more varied and healthy diet. There are a lot of other things you can be missing out on though, such as new friends, new jobs, new opportunities and so much more. Don’t let the nerves stop you from trying new things.
You May Be More Creative
Creativity and risk go hand in hand. To be creative we open ourselves up to a vulnerability that allows us to express ourselves in brilliant ways. Being vulnerable can feel like a huge risk, which is why it’s important to get out of your comfort zone if you’re a creative person. It’s also a great way to connect to others in more creative ways.
It Will Help You Thrive
The feeling of doing well is amazing. When you are thriving, the people around you notice which helps you grow in your personal life and your working life. You’ll have a naturally more optimistic outlook on life when you’re thriving which will help you keep thriving for even longer. The best thing about this is the energy that comes with it, when you’re at your best your motivation and energy will help you through even the toughest of times.
It Will Challenge You
Challenges are great for helping us grow as people. They also teach us problem-solving skills and resilience that help us get ahead in every area of our lives. Challenge is a great way to be creative and learn to thrive as a person. Life without challenges can also become really boring and stale, so challenges should be encouraged. I would argue that stepping out of the comfort zone is a challenge in itself, when you think about it that way every other challenge seems a little bit easier.
You’ll Grow As A Person
If you spend your whole life in fear of change, you won’t change very much yourself. Getting that fear out of the way and trying things despite feeling nervous will definitely help you grow as a person. Not only will it help you be more confident, but it will also give you more life experience that will give you wisdom. Life experience is valuable and helps you connect to other people and dish out great advice to your friends.
You’ll Be More Resilient
The more life experience you have, the more prepared you are for whatever life may throw at you. Resilience is something that can only be gained through experience, it can’t really be taught. You have to be open to failure and disappointment to experience it and to become better at handling it. If you stay in your comfort zone until you’re a lot older, your first failure or rejection will sting so much more than if you experience it young.
Your Confidence Will Skyrocket
Confidence is hard to build up, but stepping out of your comfort zone is a really good start. If things go really well when you step out of the zone in one area of your life, it will make it a lot easier to do it in other areas. Taking risks is nerve-wracking and exciting, but the best thing about it is confidence. Not just the confidence to succeed, but the confidence to fail. Failing is just another way you can learn and once we learn that failing isn’t all that bad, life gets a lot easier.
There Will Be More Opportunities
Taking that leap in your life to leave the comfort zone will open up many more opportunities for you. This is most prevalent in a work environment. I cannot stress enough how much better you will perform at work once you’ve taken the oath to be more fearless. From speaking up in meetings to pitching your ideas, these are the things that will help you either be promoted or recognized for your efforts and talents. It will also help you have the confidence to apply for jobs you’ve avoided in the past. I always say “what is the harm in trying” and I think it opens up so much for me.
It Could Change Your Life
A new job, friendship, or relationship is definitely life-changing. But there is so much more that can change. Confidence is key to a lot of that and staying in the comfort zone will only hold you back from the things that will change your life for good. You’ll start to view the world in a different way which will impact every part of your life meaning you’re life is changed for good.