3 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Hey you! Yes you, reading this right now! What have you done today? Was it different compared to any other day ? Why not ?
Let’s be honest, you’re quite comfortable where you are right now. I don’t blame you. It’s quite comfortable to be where you are. After all, you don’t have to deal with the fear of failing, or the feeling of discomfort as you enter into a completely new world that will require you to adapt a new mindset and adjust to a whole new environment. It’s much easier to blame others than to turn around and look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “I’m okay with living an average life and not aiming for more” or to admit “I am the one who needs to take responsibility for being where I am today”
It’s much easier to stay in your comfort zone, surrounded by the same people, have the same conversations, with people who will only laugh with you and agree with you and not put you in a position where you can aim for more.
For the rest of us who do dare to be different and step away from our comfortable bubble and don’t know where to start, here are 3 ways to step out of your comfort zone:
Say yes to new opportunities
Were you ever given an opportunity to go to a new place, to network with different people, to try something new, and then refused the opportunity because you felt like it wasn’t for you ?
Did you really have something better to do? Or did you just tell yourself that it wasn't for you? How do you know if something is not for you when you haven’t even tried it ?
The next time someone asks you to do something different, why not say yes ? The decision to say yes can lead to a snowball effect that can lead to new opportunities, new ways of thinking and new opportunities to grow!
2. Say no to wasting time
So we’ve all been there. Many of us are working our 9-5 job, get paid and spend our money to live it up on the weekend. Let’s be honest, working to just live it up on the weekend or to go to a spa, is only going to take care of your outter needs and to fill up time to get you through the weekend.
Why not say no to the things that will only temporarily make you happy? Why not stay in and take some to reflect on what it is that you want. Why not start answering and reflecting on the questions that you’ve had in your head for so long. What makes you so uncomfortable with learning to deal with what’s going on inside you ?
3. Meet new people
Take a look around and be honest with yourself. I’ve heard countless times how people say that they have people around them who are supportive and that they can turn to for advice. Ask yourself, are the people around you hindering or helping your growth? Do they help you strive and go beyond average ? Or are they only keeping you where you are?
The people in our lives ofcourse give us advice based on their experiences and what they know. They have knowledge based on their experiences and information that was passed on to them. If you want to go past them and have had enough of living the life you’re living, you’re going to need a new crew.
This doesn’t mean totally leaving behind your friends and family. The way that I started changing my life around was by joining different social media groups with like minded people. They were people who were truly living a life that was abundant, successful and happy. To get into that mindset in which I could live a life of opportunity, I surrounded myself with people and resources that made me believe it was possible.
We’ve discussed 3 ways to get out of your comfort zone. Which ones can you apply to your this week, or better yet, today? What are some other tips that have gotten you out of your comfort zone?