Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone wants to feel empowered, embrace life fully and follow her passions personally and professionally. To grow in life you need to embrace and accept change constantly. Most agree with this statement in principle but in reality find it difficult to get out of our comfort zone and break established routine.
A Practical Example
An example may better illustrate my point: You’ve been working the same position for five years, know everyone, and have built good personal and professional relationships. The situation sounds comfortable, right? The vital question is, “Am I challenging myself enough to deliver my best constantly?”
Your comfort zone essentially is the environment to which you have become accustomed. We become more prone to staying in our established comfort zones as we age. While being comfortable with the state of your life isn’t a bad thing, it becomes a problem when your comfort turns to complacence and prevents your realizing your true potential.
If you’re still with me, it means you’re comfortable where you are but want out, realizing it’s the only way you’ll grow.
Where to start?
How do you start the process of getting out of your comfort zone? Simple: start thinking about it! Try these helpful steps:
- Think about what you want to achieve
- Review where your comfort zone is and ask yourself, “Would staying put here help me achieve what I want?”
- Start imagining your life in the “new” environment
- Build an expectation for this change by visualizing yourself on scale of 1 to 10. Are you currently at 4 or 5? Your new environment is 10.
- Start seeking opportunities to bring about change. What can you do to be at a 6 on the scale? 7? 8? And so on. Each new opportunity needs to move you up the scale and closer to your being at 10 in your new environment.
Key to Success
The key to successfully getting out of your comfort zone is associating change with anticipation instead of apprehension. This approach is not just for professional change; it can also be applied to physical health, overall wellness, relationships, etc.