“Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone” a very famous quote by Neale Donald Walsch. I can’t tell you enough how true this is for me. The best things in my life have come from me going outside of my comfort zone. But truth be told, it’s never easy and it wasn’t always the way I approached life.
Stepping outside my comfort zone is often very uncomfortable, scary as hell, I feel inadequate at times… and maybe even embarrassed. But as I get older I have come to embrace the discomfort, I almost prefer it. I’m in search of my best life and the magic that is out there just waiting for me. And let me tell you, it’s an incredible journey.
More harm than good
Not taking chances and staying in that “comfortable place” can often do us more harm than good. It can rob us of so much potential and joy.
I reflect back to several forks in the road and the choices I made to travel the “easy path”. Many of those choices were made because of what was expected of me, what society dictated, what felt safe, secure, comfortable and easy. Rather than take on the challenge and open myself up to new opportunities, experiences, relationships and basically LIFE.
5 benefits of stepping outside our comfort zone
Let’s compare the benefits from what you are doing doing now, what is comfortable and where you are now to the possibilities of if you did take that leap, went outside your comfort zone and said yes to the new experience.
- Personal growth: Stepping outside of your comfort zone can lead to personal growth and development by challenging yourself and pushing yourself to be the best version of yourself. It can increase self-confidence and self-esteem, and also provide a greater sense of self-awareness.
- Professional growth: Taking on new challenges in the workplace can open up opportunities for promotions or new job opportunities, lead to greater job satisfaction and a more fulfilling career. Stepping out of your comfort zone by starting your own business can be incredibly rewarding and can lead to financial success and independence.
- New Opportunities: Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to new opportunities such as new friendships, romantic relationships, and even new business partnerships. It can also lead to new experiences, such as traveling to new places, trying new activities, or learning new things.
- Sense of accomplishment: By taking on new challenges and facing your fears, you are proving to yourself that you are capable of more than you ever thought possible. This can lead to a sense of pride and self-worth, as well as a greater sense of purpose and direction in life.
- Creativity and problem solving: By facing new challenges, you are also increasing your ability to think creatively and solve problems in new and innovative ways, which can have a positive impact on personal and professional life.
Make a plan to Step outside our comfort zone
It’s never easy to take that first step or leap. It might be scary. It might be complicated. There is a possibility it might consume a lot of our time and energy. There may also be a chance it self-destructs. But that’s where life happens and amazing opportunities and experiences can occur. So to better equip yourself, when possible, these steps can help you take that first step.
- Set specific, measurable goals: Decide what you want to achieve by stepping outside of your comfort zone and set specific, measurable goals to work towards. This will give you a clear focus and a sense of purpose.
- Create a plan: Once you have set your goals, create a plan of action that outlines the steps you need to take to achieve them. This plan should include a timeline, milestones, and any resources you may need.
- Start small: It can be daunting to take on too much at once, so start small. Take baby steps and gradually increase the level of difficulty. This will make it easier to adjust and feel comfortable with the new experience.
- Seek support: Don’t be afraid to seek support from friends, family, or a professional. Having someone to talk to can help you stay motivated and on track.
- Be flexible and adaptable: Be prepared for things to not go as planned, and be flexible and adaptable in your approach. Learn from your experiences, and use them to make adjustments and improve your plan.
- Reward yourself: Reward yourself for each step you take out of your comfort zone, it will help you to stay motivated and on track.
- Reflect and evaluate: Regularly take time to reflect on your experiences and evaluate your progress. Use this feedback to make any necessary adjustments to your plan, and to celebrate your successes.
- Repeat the process: Stepping out of your comfort zone should be an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Continuously seeking new experiences, new opportunities and new challenges will help you to grow and evolve.
health & Well-Being
When it comes to your health and well-being, both physical and emotional; trying new foods, new lifestyle habits, perhaps a career change, a life change, a new exercise routine, a move across the country… any change in our circumstance and routine that may take us out of our comfort zone… I can tell you… it WILL BE uncomfortable. It may not be easy, but it might just be worth it!
- Trying new activities or hobbies
- Traveling to unfamiliar places
- Meeting new people and building relationships
- Joining a club or organization related to a personal interest
- Taking on a new challenge or learning a new skill
- Practicing mindfulness and meditation
- Setting and working towards personal goals
- Trying different types of foods
- Volunteering or giving back to the community
- Exploring nature and spending time outdoors.
it is completely normal to fail
And if we finally do step outside our comfort zone, it is completely normal to fail. Failure is a natural part of life and can be an important learning experience. It can help us to gain insight into our own abilities and limitations, and teach us valuable lessons about perseverance, resilience and determination. Failing also helps us to understand our weaknesses, and we can work on them to improve ourselves.
It’s important to remember that failure is not a reflection of your worth as a person. Failure does not define you. It is not a permanent condition, and it does not have the power to limit your potential. Failure is an opportunity to grow, learn and develop new skills. Keep in mind that some of the most successful people in history have failed numerous times before achieving their goals. Remember that successful people are not those who never fail, but those who never give up.
Just be You – a more fulfilling and satisfying life
I have been here in exitance for 45 years (I am still in disbelief with that number LOL). My advise… take the leap, step outside your comfort zone and experience life to the fullest. I speak from experience as years ago I didn’t step outside my comfort zone and I missed out on a wonderful life changing opportunity. Something I still regret, but that experience taught me to never say no to life again, even if it’s uncomfortable.
So my advise, be open to opportunity and embrace change, even if it’s crazy uncomfortable and maybe not the norm. Embrace new opportunities. Embrace the scary. Start getting comfortable with the discomfort. Embrace what can happen outside your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to BE YOU.
It can be a challenging experience, but it is also one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. It can lead to personal and professional growth, new opportunities, and a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. By pushing yourself to try new things, you are opening yourself up to new possibilities and ultimately, leading a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
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