Today I am writing about a different topic than wha I usually blog about. We all have fears of failing and trying new things, myself included, but today I wanted to share with you why it is healthy to step outside your comfort zone.
“Many of us think of “the comfort zone” as a relic of 80s motivational psychology and a tag line on a cheesy corporate “reach for success” posters. But in fact, the comfort zone is a useful psychological concept that can help you embrace risk and make changes in your life that can lead to a real personal growth”. -The Huffington Post
For some this might include climbing to the top of a tall building to face your fears or for some speaking in front of an audience. When you stay in your comfort zone you minimize the risk or stressing yourself out because you have a sense of familiarity, and certainty. Well, what would happen if you were to step outside your comfort zone? By exposing yourself to elements that you are not necessarily comfortable you will be able to embrace risk and make changes in your life that will allow for personal growth. By doing things you are not necessarily comfortable with will open yourself up to stress and anxiety and for many you do not know how you will react. Well, think of it this way, by stepping out of your comfort zone more and more you will be able to tell how you will react and will begin to become comfortable with these feelings. Take for example someone who is afraid of public speaking. Say once a month they open themselves up and appear in front of a crowd and talk about a topic of their choice. Over time they will become more and more comfortable with speaking and will know how to calm themselves down if they become nervous or stressed out. This allows for personal growth and by doing this you will be able to get to know yourself better.
While staying in your comfort zone can result in confident, steady performance stepping outside of you comfort zone into a new and challenging world can create conditions for growth performance. Think about it: Did you ever do something you did not think was possible for you?
“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards,” Margie Warrell writes in Forbes.
Being slightly uncomfortable whether by choice or not by choice will push us to achieve goals we never thought possible. But it is important to remember that we don’t need to challenge ourselves and be productive all the time. It is good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while but it is also good to go back in. At least you know that you have the ability and confidence to go there and will be able to overcome your fear.
Clearly, too much stress and anxiety is bad for you so don’t go crazy, but if an opportunity or challenge presents itself and your too afraid to face it, ex: public speaking, then raise your hand and accept the challenge and face your fear and this will reap the biggest rewards.
Here are some ways to help you become more comfortable with stepping outside of your comfort zone
- Do small activities to challenge yourself
- Coach yourself
- Become Familiar with discomfort
- Don’t go at it alone
Click → here ←to read an article that goes into depth about these topics and so many more ways to become more comfortable. This is a really great article that I will using when facing my fears.
I myself have a big fear of public speaking and being infant of people. I tense up, become red and start to stutter, but over the past few months I have changed the way I feel up on a stage. I no longer think about what that audience could be thinking and all I think about is speaking clearly and pushing down the stress and anxiety that want to come out.
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