1. Do something that scares you every day
Your comfort zone is comfortable because it’s where you know what to expect. But really, where’s the fun in that?
Each day, write down one thing that you did that scared you. They don’t have to be giant leaps like getting up on stage or skydiving (although that one is on my list) – start with baby steps. Something as small as starting a conversation with a stranger, signing up to a fitness class or dining solo can all make a world of a difference.
2. Break your routine
I’m not one for routine, so this isn’t particularly a challenge for myself. If anything, I like to embrace change with open arms. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, try making some changes to your routine. Break up the repetitiveness and you might by adding something fresh to your everyday life.
Most of us get up at the same time everyday, take the same route to work, finish work, get home, have dinner, watch TV and go to bed. Before you know it, the weeks is gone, and then the month, year… & it all just turns into one big blur.
That’s not what I want. It’s not what you should want.
Why not add value and memories to each day? Do something you wouldn’t ordinarily. Fill your life with excitement, passion and love… and not just on the weekends.
3. Say “Yes”
Have you ever said “no” to an opportunity and then convinced yourself why it was right for a list of reasons? I know I’m not the only one guilty of letting fears and failure rationalize a “no.”
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you are not sure you can do it
When we say yes, we do more, create more, live more. Instead of listing down everything rationalizing a no, list everything good that will come out of a yes.
4. Don’t wait for a perfect moment
As Marie Forleo says, “start before you are ready.” Opportunity sometimes knocks gently and does not wait for perfect timing. The truth is, there is no perfect timing. You need to take a moment and make it perfect. If you wait until you’re ready, you might be waiting for the rest of your life.
5. Don’t be afraid to fail
One of the most important things about living outside your comfort zone is never letting the fear of failure get in the way of your decisions. Don’t let it control you or cause self-doubt. Don’t play it safe because you’re afraid of failing.
What if you go broke? What if you lose? What if you get rejected? You start again.
Failure is crucial to success. Everyone who has succeeded has taken risks, failed, & then got back up again. The fear of losing will only ever lead to losing. There’s nothing worse than sitting around thinking “what if?” because there’s nothing scary about failing. You just have to embrace it. Fail, fail again, fail better. Fail until you succeed.
Nothing says “stepping out of your comfort zone” like travel, or even better, solo travel. There is nothing more scary and EXCITING than entering a place with a whole new set of rules, language, culture, people, climate & time. You’re completely thrown of and that’s why it makes you feel so alive.
Travel is all about getting lost (and not just when you’re drunk, leaving a club at 3 AM), finding yourself and opening your mind to new ways. At the very least, you’ll have one hell of a story.
7. Embrace Discomfort
In other words, don’t avoid discomfort. The more you put yourself out there, the easier it will become.
“We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure.”
I went out for dinner a few days ago and made a conscious effort to keep my phone in my bag. First of all, it seriously worried me how UNCOMFORTABLE & dependent I am on my phone, but after some time, I became more involved in conversation than I ever would have. We live a life of comfort in which technology lets us disregard chit-chat and zone out from any person or situation that makes us feel uncomfortable.
Try it – leave your phone at home, in your bag or off the table and see what happens.
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What are your thoughts on comfort zones?