Getting out of my comfort zone is an important and big thing for me. Important because it’s something my soul craves, and big because it takes a lot of conscious effort to actually make it happen and not just be a concept that lives in my head.
I find I have to allow myself to think, tap into my intuition, dream and create moments in order to actually get out of my comfort zone. And then, I have to have the courage to take action.
I think comfort zones are complex. We create these safe, comfortable zones because they serve us and are needed in our lives. For example, for most of us our home is a comfort zone. Home is a place for us to return to at the end of the day, relax and just be.
But it only remains a healthy comfort zone so long as we also experience life outside of our homes. What if we got so comfortable that we became hermits and never went outside? Our comfort zone would quickly become unhealthy and our lives would suffer.
The bottom line is we can’t let feeling safe and comfortable keep us from experiencing new things in life. When we stay where we’re safe for too long we rob ourselves of our own personal growth. Our loves become stale and lack-luster and we miss out on truly living.
Here’s what I know to be true about getting out of our comfort zones:
It’s easier to do when you know why.
Whenever you have a desire, getting clear on your “why” is a great motivator to actually making it happen. Think about times in the past when you moved past your comfort zone and did something a little uncomfortable. Consider big and small ways. How did it make you feel? What did it feel like to move past your fear? Keep these feelings in mind when you get stuck not taking action and use them to propel you forward.
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Small changes make a difference.
You don’t have to jump out of an airplane to experience what’s beyond your comfort zone. Even the smallest things can make a difference. Take a different route to work. Switch up your daily routine. Try different foods or a new restaurant. Take a new class. Change up your make-up and add red lipstick! Wear a new style of clothes. Little things can go a long way to adding new variety to your life.
It’s not necessary to fix something that’s not broken.
I’m not saying you have to overhaul everything in your life to create change. What are the things in your life that work and light you up? Great keep doing them! But what are the things that are lack-luster and feel draining? Where do you really need to push your limits? The only way to really grow is to push your edge.
Make 3 columns on a piece of paper. In the left column make a list of the areas in your life that feel dull and stuck. In the middle column write what your dream scenario in this area of your life would look like. And in the right column write out the steps you can take today to get there. Start working on your action list by doing one thing to move you forward each day.