Staying within your comfort zone may feel like a safe and quiet way to live life. But, when you stay in your comfort zone, you are telling yourself that “This is it. This is the best that it is going to get.” Trust me, it’s not.
You may be caught up in the same day-to-day routines, familiarity, and comfort of staying the same.
Think about this – When you are at the end of your life, do you think you’ll be happy for playing things safe all those years, or do you think you’ll regret not having taken more chances and risks in life?
If you want to live with no regrets, you’ll have to learn to step out of your comfort zone.
Boost Your Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
The second you step out of your comfort zone, you get an intense feeling of success and confidence.
This can apply to anything (e.g. reaching out to your ideal client, doing your first webinar, etc.).
You start to get the feeling that if you can do this, you can do anything you put your mind to. That self-esteem and confidence boost will make you want to try other new things, and to succeed at them.
You’ll Never Know Unless You Try
If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you’ll never know what you’re really capable of.
For example, you’ll never know if you can be a good entrepreneur if you don’t take that step and start that business you’ve been dreaming of.
If you don’t try, you’ll always wonder what could’ve been.
Even if you step out and fail, it’s okay. Lessons are learned, even from perceived failures. Growth only happens when you take chances. Like Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Mistakes Help You Grow
Most people are afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones because they’re afraid of making mistakes and being embarrassed. Mistakes aren’t a bad thing. In fact, they are a critical part of growth.
If you fail at one thing, then move onto the next, or try harder and become a more resilient person.
For example, if you try teaching a webinar and realize they are so not your thing. That’s okay! Close that chapter and try something else. Maybe podcasts or online courses are more your thing.
The point is, you need to get out there, make mistakes, and find out what areas you’re good at.
Don’t Stay Stuck in a Rut
Stepping out of your comfort zone is an important step if you want to move forward in life.
If you don’t, your life will will be the same old, day-to-day. Is that really the life you deserve?
Stepping out is the leap of faith you need to start the next phase of your life – a better job, a better relationship, better health, a better you.
You can have a great life if you choose to go after it. In the words of Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
But How Do I Starting Living Outside My Comfort Zone?
So you’ve decided that you want to make changes in your life. You know that in order to make those changes, that you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone. Try these tips to help you make this important step.
1. Take Baby Steps
Let’s say you really want to teach webinars, but the thought of being live in front of a group of people makes your freak the F out. Baby steps, my friend. Start by getting more active in Facebook groups, put yourself out there with your best tips for other group members. Striking up conversations and building relationships with members in your niche is a great way to build confidence. Work your way up to that webinar or Facebook live.
2. Don’t See Change as a Bad Thing
When you think negatively about change or doing something different, you’re filling your subconscious mind with dread and fear.
Instead, you need to see change as a positive thing.
For example, if you’re considering a career change, look at it as something fun and exciting that you’re meant to do. When you change the way you think about situations (positive, in this case), you will experience positive feelings and actions.
3. Use Visualization
Sit in a quiet spot and close your eyes. Create a mental picture of what you want to do. Pay attention to how it makes you feel to accomplish this, and how it positively affects your life.
Whenever you are feeling uneasy, take yourself back to this mental picture.
4. Do Some Research
Before doing something new, it can help to do some research.
Let’s say you’ve decided to take a course on graphic design because it’s something that’s always interested you. BUT, you haven’t taken a class in years, and you’re worried that you’ll look like a fool.
This is where it can be helpful to read up on the subject beforehand, and give yourself a headstart on the information you’ll be learning.
Or maybe you’ve always wanted to travel to another continent, but you’re afraid of something bad happening.
To calm your fears, and allow you to step out of your comfort zone, research where you plan to go. Talk to others who’ve traveled there, look things up on Trip Advisor or You Tube, and make sure to create an itinerary so that you know what and where you’ll be doing and going every day.
It becomes easier to step out of your comfort zone when you stop procrastinating. Don’t let fear and negative thoughts stop you. You need to begin taking steps to get where you want to be in life.