5 Tips to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Updated: Jun 2, 2019
Comfort is a double-edged sword. While it can provide a safe, familiar routine or environment -- it can also create complacency and a mundane routine that does not allow us to realize our full potential. Trying new experiences leads to learning more about ourselves, what we love, what we can do without and help shape how we interact with those around us, as well as how we care for ourselves.
Getting outside of one's comfort zone requires discipline, being present, and engaged.
Whether in business or our personal lives, taking that leap of faith to do something new and uncomfortable can lead us through unforgettable experiences.
When was the last time you did something that genuinely took you out of your comfort zone?
If it's been a while here are five ways you can start.
Do not overthink it. It's so easy to psych ourselves out of something. Silence and override negative thoughts by mentally hyping yourself up through positive affirmations and benefits you'll reap.
Allow excitement and the fear of the unknown propel you to do it. When fear creeps, it pretty easy to back out of something. Whether it's because we can't control the outcome, or because we don't have enough information. Let go of fear and welcome not being in control.
Change your Routine Look for ways to engage in your local community through volunteering opportunities, enjoy a local event, or sit in a local cafe you've always walked by but never tried, wake up an hour earlier. All of these seemingly small ways of breaking out of a routine can increase your connections, allow you to see things differently, and also provide you with some quality "me time" to learn more about yourself.
Create a list of goals that break you of your comfort zone. Goals are great, but if they include routines and the typical way you get them done, then reassess how you are going after the goals. Do you have a bucket list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime? (Traveling, hobbies, connecting with people, making a large purchase, etc.) Create a yearly or even monthly goal list that includes some more significant things you'd like to tackle. Start small and work your way up to some of the bigger goals as you become more comfortable being uncomfortable.
Say "Yes" to something you would normally decline. Has a coworker been inviting you to a networking event? Has a friend asked you to join them on a 5-mile hike? Is your typical response "No thanks, maybe next time."? If you find yourself saying no to something because you aren't in control or it's not something you are used to doing or have never attempted - say "yes." It just takes one time to jump in and overcome that initial trepidation. Once you start being open to saying "yes," opportunities present themselves, and you'll begin to reap the rewards new experiences will bring you.