So what is a comfort zone? We hear that expression often. In fact, I use it frequently when challenging myself and others to go beyond the routine. My definition in my own words is a life space that consists of routine activities that fit our lifestyle, personality, and behavior. It’s non-threatening, familiar and involves little risk. We are conditioned to find and seek comfort whether it’s through people, food or places.
The challenge comes when we are asked or encouraged to step out of our comfort zone. For some, the thought of it produces anxiety and stress. The intention is not to create unnecessary stress in your life but it can serve as the extra push to get you to take the first step. Hesitation and reservation are normal reactions.
The desire to step out of your comfort zone can be encouraged by others but it should come from you. In fact, I would say that it must come from you. You create your goals and intention for your life. When you own it, it takes on new meaning.
What does it mean when you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and why would you do it?
You believe that in order to grow you must be intentional with your choices.
You believe that the experience will enhance your life in some way and promote a greater understanding.
You believe you will be better for setting aside your biases by being open and non-judgmental.
You believe it’s time to make strides toward being your best self.
You believe that there is something to learn and want to take advantage of teachable moments.
You believe that it’s time to stop wishing and start doing.
You believe it will expose you to new people from different cultures, races, and places.
You believe that you will feel better about yourself for conquering your fear or insecurities.
Do any of these statements resonante with you?
Have you ever had reservations about doing something but feel a sense of accomplishment and pride after it’s done? Doing something new and different can also drive you to perform better. Becoming an entrepreneur has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and I’m still stepping.
Aspiring to new heights is risky but personal growth and experience are the worst that can happen. Personal growth is on-going and it inspires us to use our creativity to impact the world. I encourage you to write down your goals. You may find that some of your goals require you to step out of your comfort zone. Create a plan and start stepping.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
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