In our lives, we all have routines and behaviours that minimise risk, anxiety and stress. We’re comfortable there as there is a sense of familiarity, security and uncertainty – as we know what’s coming next and can plan accordingly. I guess that’s why it’s often called our comfort zone.
Staying within your comfort zone is understandable as it’s a safe and homely place to be, it can also result in a consistent and steady performance, which is why often you find yourself reluctant to take a chance and do something different. But occasionally you need to open yourself up to fresh opportunities, do something new, challenging or risky because this can create the conditions for increased productivity, development and growth, which will result in optimum performance.
Expand your horizons
Think about it, when did you last do something that you were really proud of? Were you in your comfort zone, or were you instead in a slightly uncomfortable situation where you pushed yourself to achieve something that you never thought you could? Think of the England Women’s Football Team. Their undeniable determination, teamwork, performance and winning mindset made them winners and in turn has spread hope, pride and optimism amongst women in every sport.
Stepping outside your comfort zone is important. Putting yourself in a new situation enables you to develop resilience, self-confidence and may mean that you have few regrets. Plus, you will never get to where you we want to be if you only stick to habit and routine. Reaching the next level or becoming better at something, means you have to attempt something new, which you may not succeed at. But you’ll never know unless you try.
A is for August and Adventure
So, as we start a new month, I want to challenge you to be more than you are, so you can realise your true potential and be happier and more successful as a result.
The best way to leave your comfort zone is to gradually expand it and find your optimal level of ‘good stress.’ The key here is small shifts, rather than big steps. Here are some top tips for how you can start to step outside your comfort zone.
- Do something different – make some changes to your usual daily routine.
- Attempt something that you’ve always wanted to do
- Delegate work or personal tasks to a colleague or other family member
- Take on an exercise/fitness challenge
- Learn something new – take up a new hobby or expand your skillset
- Choose a fear and face it
- Challenge your beliefs
- Change your attitude
- Hang out with like-minded people
- Travel somewhere new
Leaving your comfort zone will initially feel uncomfortable and intimidating. But you need to stop overthinking things and instead learn to have fun as you rediscover the joy of experiencing new things. And don’t forget to acknowledge your progress and celebrate each and every win, no matter how small. Because as Nelson Mandela famously said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
How I can help
If you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone and want help, advice or support, please give me a call – 07780 692784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org