I’ve heard it said that life should be an adventure, or nothing at all. But I’ve also heard people advocate for bring and staying in your comfort zone. Indeed, there are times when the comfort zone is not a bad place to be, such as during periods of great upheaval in your personal life, after life changing events etc. If it is true that all the magic happens out of our comfort zones, then we should push ourselves into the great unknown more often.
Most of us have the same friends that we have had for years. And that’s a great thing. But our friends and us know each other so well we can predict each other’s moves and finish each other’s sentences with high accuracy. We also keep each other in our comfort zones. Make new acquaintances who are different from you in their preferences and way of life and participate in some of their activities. Stay open minded to new ways of life.
Every day, choose to do at least one thing differently. Take measured and calculated risks on what you’re willing to lose. Choose a different way of approaching a problem or challenge and expand your learning. Take a class that you would not have considered before whether for a work out or personal development.
It is hard to get out of your comfort zone. But when you have a dream, the only way to achieve it is by stepping away from what’s familiar. This is especially relevant when you want to create something. Find someone who can be an accountability partner or a partner in crime and use them as a sounding board for ideas.
Analyze your fears
The reasons we do not go for our dreams are rooted in fear. Fear of failure, fear of being seen to be too ambitious, even fear of success. But you were not put on this earth to be anything less than spectacular. Fear keeps us grounded but it should not hold us back from being who we are meant to be. List all your fears with respect to an action and think of ways to face the fear.
– Find a partner who you can enlist to push you out of your comfort zone and keep you accountable.
– List down all your fears and how you can tackle them in incremental ways.
– Take risks in measured amounts until you become comfortable with the process.