Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. That place where everything is easy, there are little to no surprises, and everything is usually… well comfortable.
It’s familiar, it’s routine, and it’s safe.
But while the comfort zone is your safe place where nothing really happens, that’s just the problem. Nothing happens.
And it keeps you from seizing opportunities because the unfamiliar can be scary.
It can be difficult to come out of your comfort zone. It can take a lot of work. Especially when leaving it can lead to a rise in anxiety.
We are ruled by our habits. We do things the way we always have because it’s comfortable. If we haven’t done something in awhile we get into the mindset that we can’t.
But fear can be an important thing. While it might help keeps us safe, it limits us because we find the comfort too enticing that we don’t want to leave.
So, why enter “The Danger Zone” and the unknown?
Change can bring fear and uncertainty. While your comfort zone might feel safe and secure, you may also end up feeling bored and stuck. I know I did.
My comfort zone has always been a place I didn’t really want to come out of. I was too afraid of the bad things that could happen, that I stayed in it as much as possible. My own little bubble.
And because of that, I never looked for new opportunities. I was miserable where I worked but wouldn’t do anything about it. Because at the time, it was all I knew.
I was sick all the time, but still I stayed.
I was afraid of the rejection and felt that it was all I was worth.
So even though I was miserable, that fear of the unknown held me back.
It took constant dizzy spells and being forced into working longer for me to realise that I couldn’t do it anymore and I finally took the plunge and I quit. It wasn’t easy and it terrified me to my very core.
But it was a good thing. And I finally felt free.
I sometimes think of the things that I was afraid to do, and the things that I missed out on over the years.
So if life begins at the end of your comfort zone, how can you get out of it?
Take it one step at a time
Take the first step. Don’t be afraid to start slow. It can be scary to make huge leaps into the unknown. Start with something small, test the waters and see how you go. It may be just what you need.
Set your sights on your goal.
Write down what you want to achieve, and what you need to do to get there. Break it up into manageable steps, and work on it bit by bit. And just remember, each step you achieve and cross off brings you that bit closer to getting to your goal.
Do your usual things differently
Take a different route, try different foods or find somewhere new to eat. Change is not a bad thing. Just different. And the more you try something new, the easier it will become.
Do the things that you’re afraid to do
It’s usually easier said then done, but it’s often the only way to conquer your fears. Face it head on, and it can no longer control you.
Realise that accomplishments are not always easy
If you want something, you have to fight for it. The more determined you are, the more it will be worth it when you succeed.
Remind yourself that tomorrow is another day
If you can’t do it today, pick yourself up and try again tomorrow. The important thing is to never give up. Keep that goal in your sights and work towards achieving it. Just because you couldn’t do it today, doesn’t mean you can’t do it tomorrow.
Everyone’s comfort zone is different and only you will know how far to push yourself.
Every step you accomplish will have you feeling stronger and like you have learned more about what you’re capable of.
Doing new things and taking that plunge can be scary. But it can be so exhilarating when we are able to do something we never thought we could.
Your comfort zone kills your productivity, because without deadlines, expectations or the need to do something, we often find it to easy to do the minimum we have to do to get by. There is no drive, no ambition. No yearning to learn new things and reach our full potential.
My comfort zone will always be a place I like to retreat to and spend much of my time in. But I now also realise the importance of getting out of it every now and then.
Some of the best things that happen in your life happen outside of your comfort zone. If you can step out of it from time to time, who knows what you can achieve.
As Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Getting out of your comfort zone gets easier over time. It’s about getting the confidence to take that first step.
How do you get out of your comfort zone?