There is a quote by Brian Tracy that says “You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” I believe that quote is very true.
One of the biggest causes of people feeling stuck in life is the fact that they are afraid to take action and make changes because of the fear of stepping out of their comfort zones. Stepping outside your comfort zone is a must if you are trying to grow. Whether you are trying to grow in your business or personal life, being able to step out of your comfort zone and feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable for a while as you do something new and different is key.
Here are a few steps to help you with stepping outside your comfort zone:
Take Small steps – Just as some people dip their feet into the pool before jumping in, you can take small steps in life. If you are trying to break out of your comfort zone, you can start little by little. By taking things slowly what you are doing is allowing your comfort zone to get wider and wider as you try new things.
Do something different – Why not shake up your routine just a little bit. I promise you, the sky will not fall. Take an alternate route to work, school, the store, etc. Be sure to try new things or learn to take new challenges one step at a time. Why not sign up for a class of some sort? It can be frightening at first but once that boundary is extended, your courage will grow. Many times, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to boundaries and limitations.
Begin to see “risks” as opportunities – The reason why your comfort zone is so comfortable is because it’s the one place where you know what to expect. There are usually zero surprises in your comfort zone. I mean, why go out on a limb or take a risk at something? You just may fail, right? Well, what about if you gain something? Each time you don’t begin to see what you may call a risk as an opportunity, you might lose out on something valuable. Start seeing what you normally would consider to be a risk as a chance for positive change.
Face your Fears Head On – Facing your fears is one of the single greatest things that you can do in order to improve your life. If you know that fears are holding you back, why not ask yourself the following: “What is the worst thing that could happen if this “fear” were to come into my zone? You may find out that you are surprised at how small most of the consequences of your fears actually are and you may be equally surprised at how easily you can learn to live with the results of your biggest fears.
Our comfort zones work well to keep us safe but they also stunt our growth. They hold us back and prevent us from becoming who we could be if we stepped out of them.
So, let me ask you… what is your comfort zone holding you back from doing?
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