Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease without stress is a comfort zone, safe space, or happy place. While comfort zones may sound fulfilling, in reality this “place” hides the opportunity for new possibilities, thrilling goals and big dreams. If you or someone you know often resides to their comfort zone, I have a few tips that you may find beneficial.
When stepping out of your comfort zone, start with something simple such as changing your morning routine. Whether this is stopping at new place for breakfast, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or taking a new route to work or school. These little changes lead to new experiences, new faces and new sights to see.
Create a List of Goals
Personally, I find myself making lists of everything from projects that need to be done at a certain time to what places I want to visit over summer break. Lists help us process information more efficiently and helps us organize tasks one at a time. Creating a list of goals to do every day, such as “smile at a stranger” or “start a discussion in the classroom” to look back at throughout the day will give you that little push needed.
Say “Yes” More
In the situations where you often pass on, try saying yes more often. Whether your peers ask you to join them at a sporting event or a trip downtown – say yes! Like the old saying goes, “You never know what you like or don’t like until you try it.” and this starts by saying yes.
At the end of the day, there is no rush when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone, and you will know when you are ready. Over time you will notice growth and experience the joy of life itself. Learn to laugh at your mistakes and learn from them rather than punishing yourself and becoming afraid of failure.
“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan