Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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There is a quote by Brian Tracy that says “You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” I believe that quote is very true.

One of the biggest causes of people feeling stuck in life is the fact that they are afraid to take action and make changes because of the fear of stepping out of their comfort zones. Stepping outside your comfort zone is a must if you are trying to grow. Whether you are trying to grow in your business or personal life, being able to step out of your comfort zone and feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable for a while as you do something new and different is key.

Here are a few steps to help you with stepping outside your comfort zone:

Take Small steps – Just as some people dip their feet into the pool before jumping in, you can take small steps in life. If you are trying to break out of your comfort zone, you can start little by little. By taking things slowly what you are doing is allowing your comfort zone to get wider and wider as you try new things.

Do something different – Why not shake up your routine just a little bit. I promise you, the sky will not fall. Take an alternate route to work, school, the store, etc. Be sure to try new things or learn to take new challenges one step at a time. Why not sign up for a class of some sort? It can be frightening at first but once that boundary is extended, your courage will grow. Many times, we are our own worst enemy when it comes to boundaries and limitations.

Begin to see “risks” as opportunities – The reason why your comfort zone is so comfortable is because it’s the one place where you know what to expect. There are usually zero surprises in your comfort zone. I mean, why go out on a limb or take a risk at something? You just may fail, right? Well, what about if you gain something? Each time you don’t begin to see what you may call a risk as an opportunity, you might lose out on something valuable. Start seeing what you normally would consider to be a risk as a chance for positive change.

Face your Fears Head On - Facing your fears is one of the single greatest things that you can do in order to improve your life. If you know that fears are holding you back, why not ask yourself the following: “What is the worst thing that could happen if this “fear” were to come into my zone“? You may find out that you are surprised at how small most of the consequences of your fears actually are and you may be equally surprised at how easily you can learn to live with the results of your biggest fears.

Our comfort zones work well to keep us safe but they also stunt our growth. They hold us back and prevent us from becoming who we could be if we stepped out of them.

 So, let me ask you… what is your comfort zone holding you back from doing?

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12 Responses to “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone”

  1. Andrea on August 29th, 2011 1:33 pm

    My comfort zone is holding me back from fully using my talents!
    I’m ready to stop using my Avon business as a “hobby” and take it to the next level. I’m ready to stop ignoring the advice I give others daily and reach out to clients for my Life Coaching practice!

  2. Aurelia on August 29th, 2011 1:37 pm

    YAY Andrea,

    That is awesome! So, what are your next steps to move your AVON business up to the next level? Congrats for making the 1st step out of your comfort zone!

  3. JoJo Tabares on February 9th, 2012 9:45 am

    What’s a comfort zone? LOL

    I have to agree. I teach communication skills and dealt with extreme shyness as a child. Many of the same tips hold true.

    I’ve been stretched so far out of my comfort zone the last ten years that I don’t think I have one anymore. I was born a painfully shy child to Atheist parents of Jewish decent. After dropping Performance Music (Voice) as my major in college, I got a degree in Speech Communication where I went on to become an author and speaker teaching the Christian community to stand up and speak out for the missions the Lord has for them.
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  4. Aurelia on February 9th, 2012 11:13 am

    WOW!! JoJo, thanks so much for sharing part of your life with us. You are truly an example of how to step outside of your comfort zone and succeed! You didn’t just step outside of your zone… you crushed the walls and busted through! (LOL).

  5. Brock Blohm on March 26th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Mindset is critical – love your example of seeing risks as opportunities. Wish more people would have that mind-shift!

    Stepping out of our comfort zone is critical to anyone success in any industry. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Elizandra on July 25th, 2012 2:19 pm

    I am ready for my inner child to be heal and let go of the past, because I learned that if I keep living in the past I dont have a future and I cant enjoy my present, I ready to get out of my comfort zone and change to find a new life a head of me without fear and obstacles that I put on my self, I am ready to step out my comfort zone and grow, I will give my self the opportunity to live life at the fullest in every aspect of my life because I been to comfortable and I was afraid but no more. thank you

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