The benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone

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You want to find a job you really love but are paralyzed by self-doubt.  You keep promising to take control of your health and wellness but it never seems to be the right time.  You know it’s time to deal with those relationship issues but just thinking about it feels overwhelming. 

What if you don't succeed?  It IS easier to stick to what you “know”.  But as time goes by and you have the same complaints and wonder why nothing is changing.  What happened? 

You’re stuck in your comfort zone! 

 There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel safe and secure but too much of it leads to stagnation.  Typically everything you want is just on the other side of your comfort zone.  There is growth and success in the unfamiliar.

It’s time to get comfortable being uncomfortable!

Easier said than done though.  As children, we’re natural risk-takers.  But, as adults, we hold ourselves back and tend to try fewer new things.  We are afraid of failure!  It’s helpful to connect to the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone. You are more likely to push through fear if you’re aware of the rewards on the other side! 

Here are 8 benefits to stepping outside your comfort zone:

  1. Boost Your Confidence
    Pushing past your boundaries and taking on the unknown builds self-confidence – even if you aren’t 100% successful the first time.Every time you accomplish something you didn’t think you were capable of it boosts your self-esteem.Stop thinking about what you could do and start acting!
     

  2. Increase Your Creativity
    When you do the same thing day after day, it becomes more challenging to dream and create. New situations require using your creativity to find solutions.  You may even be surprised at how creative you become when faced with a new challenge!
     

  3. Experience Growth
    Every time you get out of your comfort zone there is an opportunity to grow.  You can’t evolve and expand if you stick to your regular routines and what’s familiar.  Trying new things will help you learn and navigate life.
     

  4. Opportunity To Practice
    That old saying, “practice makes perfect” is not without merit.  It takes practice to achieve great things.  It typically takes a lot of small gains to achieve competence.  Also, if you do fail, it’s an opportunity to pick yourself up and try again.  And every time you push yourself to try again, it boosts self-confidence.
     

  5. Live Without Regrets
    One of the biggest fears in life is ending up with regrets.  Do you really want to spend your life wondering, what if?  If you don’t take actions outside of your comfort zone on a regular basis, it likely what will happen. You have one life so live it to the fullest!
     

  6. Things WILL Change
    Yes, they will and often for the better!  New people, new places, new experiences, and new knowledge.  It can feel scary and overwhelming but once you push through the fear and experience change, you will focus more on where you want to be.  Change may be exactly what you need to achieve your goals.
     

  7. Build Resiliency
    Having the ability to overcome challenges and face them head-on is a magical quality.  When you are able to bounce back from seemingly insurmountable situations, the belief in who you are can carry you to new heights.
     

  8. Increase Your Chance of Success
    Success happens over time and is usually a result of taking consistent actions outside your comfort zone.  You become stronger and more confident with each gain you make.  Every time you step out of your comfort zone you move closer to your goals.

Remember great things never come from inside your comfort zone!

Elan