I know it’s kind of hard to believe but it is true. Being weirded out can be the best thing for you.
Doing something that you otherwise wouldn’t, can make you uneasy at first but in the end you’ll be so much happier.
Remember when you were a baby. You were crawling around all over the place, probably even at light speed.
Then one day you decided to stand up and take a step. Why, because you wanted to walk. Hey, everyone else around you was doing it.
You weren’t too stable on your feet but you still decided to try.
It was quite exciting. And if someone caught you putting in the effort they gleamed with joy.
You probably didn’t get the walking thing the first time around but eventually you did. Now look at you, you can run, jump and probably even do a cartwheel.
But it wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t take that first step.
It was out of your comfort zone of crawling, let’s face it you were a pro, but you learned how to walk. It was a scary adventure but it led to so much more, so much better.
Run for your life
Could you imagine still crawling now?
You needed to get out of that comfort zone, and not just that one, just about every one you have.
Staying in your comfort zone stops you from growing. As long as you’re there it keeps you in the same place.
It’s very similar to you being an adult crawling as a way to get around. You couldn’t live like that. You wouldn’t be living at all.
You need to grow. It’s a part of life, a huge part. It helps you improve and attain happiness.
The funny thing about your comfort zone is that it’s so darn familiar.
It’s so easy to just keep doing the same ol’ thing even though you know you shouldn’t. It takes no effort at all. Just sit back and go with the flow.
You know it’s no longer good for you but there is a certain level of comfort in that toxic routing that you’ve gotten used to.
At times you may even be able to convince yourself that staying in the same place and doing the same ol’ thing is what you want. But that’s just the laziness in you speaking. No one wants to crawl for the rest of their life.
You can do it
I know carrying on the routine you have down pat is so much easier than actually putting in the effort to change but you have to do it for yourself.
Like when you were a baby, take it a step at a time.
First decide that you are going to get out of your comfort zone.
Changes that run deep require conscious effort beforehand. You have to be in it mentally so that it will be easier to carry out when it’s time for action.
If you don’t take the first step you’ll just continue on the same comfortable, stagnant path. But you’re not here for that.
You want more and you deserve it. Your comfort zone is an illusion. It sounds like the place you want to be but it’s really not.
You cannot achieve the greater things that you want, and need, in it so you have to get out of that zone.
Consider these things to push yourself out of your comfort zone:
1. Frighteningly fun
Of course trying new things can be scary but it can be fun too. Think about rollercoasters, at first they’re scary then a few seconds later you’re screaming for joy, not terror.
Being exposed to new things is fun and exciting. Just because it awakens your emotions doesn’t mean you should step back.
Life is an adventure and if you stay in your comfort zone you’re robbing yourself of a thrilling journey. Anything else is bo-ring.
2. Changing one thing changes everything
Small changes can leave a huge impact.
As a start, tweaking your routing can end up changing the whole way you do everything. It can open your eyes to other ways and possibilities, getting you closer to your goal.
3. Stunting your growth
I’ve already mentioned how staying in your comfort zone stops you from growing, but it is worth reminding you.
Now that you’ve got some motivation, this how you’re going to get out of your comfort zone:
1. Just do it
Your comfort zone is the epitome of not taking action. You’re not moving in the right direction, you’re not doing what you need to.
Sure it’ll be an adjustment, but after you’ve decided to do it you need to take action.
Put it on your mind, and then put it into action.
2. Take baby steps
You don’t have to dive into the pool from the tallest diving board, just simply dip your toe in. Do a little at a time, stretch yourself a tad.
Try pairing an uneasy task with something familiar.
If you’re scared to go at it alone ask a friend to go along with you. If you know someone who’s a bit more established, chat with them about it. The familiarity of one element will help ease the fear of the other.
When you continue to inch out of your comfort zone it’s not as scary as it seemed.
3. Remember you know how to run
Whenever you’re feeling apprehensive and you’d rather stay in your comfort zone remind yourself that you can run.
As a baby the only way you could get around was crawling, then walking and now you can do so much more with those two legs of yours.
The process was a little tough but you broke out of your comfort zone and did it.
If you can do it as a baby, you can do it now.
The truth is your comfort zone is not the place to be. It sounds good but really isn’t. You need to get out of it to really live, to experience happiness on another level.
You comfort zone makes it impossible to be truly happy.
It may be hard at first, like learning to walk, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
Remember that growth is necessary to achieve your goals in life. Leaping out of your comfort zone is the only way to get it.
Falling back into that zone will only keep you where you are, even causing you to fall deeper. It is not the way to success.
It’s time to be little uneasy.
Have you had a hard time getting out of your comfort zone? What scared you the most?