We have a certain safe space where we don’t have to worry about anything new or different from what we are already familiar with. That space is our “comfort zone”.
Most people believe that staying with their comfort zone is best because they have less worries with it. But what it’s really about is the fear of breaking those chains and stepping out.
It’s true that getting out of your comfort zone can take a while, and a lot of courage too. However, here are a few ways for you to start:
Get familiar with what’s waiting for you outside.
For some people, stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t as simple as deciding to change your lifestyle. In fact, it takes a lot more.
A good place to start is by knowing what waits for you outside of this zone. Figure out what is out there that brings you both comfort and discomfort.
Know exactly what it is you want to overcome.
By knowing your comforts and discomforts with what’s around you, it lets you identify what parts of it to overcome.
Determine what aspects feel like obstacles to you and understand what you should do to get past them.
Don’t be afraid of discomfort.
Taking a step out of your comfort zone will bring one obvious result: discomfort. Surely, you are bound to feel this way. But this isn’t always a bad thing.
Because you are new to it, you need to take your time to get used to it. And once you do, all the discomfort can get washed away so don’t take it as a threat! Rather, take it as a challenge for you to get through.
Baby steps are fine.
We all move at our own pace, especially with things as personal as our comfort zone. It doesn’t matter if the people around you are taking big jumps. If you feel better with baby steps, it’s okay.
Even when you’re not taking the biggest risks, these little steps will eventually lead you to the finish line. It also makes overcoming the problem less scary.
Accept the fact that sometimes it’s the fear taking over.
Sometimes, you might end up finding yourself making excuses to avoid the situation. While it could be reasonable, it could also just be your fear talking.
To really get out of your comfort zone, it’s important to admit when we’re reasoning out to convince ourselves it’s not worth the risk.
Confront yourself, and then you will really move forward.
Focus on the fun of it.
It’s not always a bad thing to get out of your comfort zone. Definitely, there are good things about it so focus on those instead!
The more you look towards the good side of things, the less likely you will feel the fear of taking risks for a change.