When was the last time you did something that totally scared the light out of you? Well, if you can’t remember. Then how about this. When did you last do something that is totally new to you and you have no idea how to do it, but you did it anyway? If you could not recall this either. Then perhaps ask yourself, how long have you been stuck in your comfort zone? Or perhaps the better question would be, would you like to step out of your comfort zone?
Right, of course, you are comfortable. That’s exactly what the name implies. But what you don’t know is, this is also a place where there is no growth, no improvement, and decay. I’m sorry to use the word decay, but when you are comfortable, you stop honing your skills, and you stop using them they will deteriorate, in any form of existence.
The comfort zone tricks you into believing that you will be safe and comfortable within. But you are NOT. That’s because while you are idling, in your safe comfort zone, others are striving forward in improving themselves. And what that leaves you? When you realize that this is a false haven, you could be left with a mountain to climb. So step out of your comfort zone now, because if you don’t do it, life will keep pushing you anyway.
Act right now. You have to act more and think less. You have to keep pushing yourself, learning new skills that would serve you in the future. You have to talk yourself into doing things that you dreaded but you knew will help in your progress. And you have to think LESS. Why? Because you want to keep your mind from the whispering doubts, and fear. Don’t let overthinking pulls you back.
It is better to try something new and fail than regret not taking the chances in life. This is what getting out of the comfort zone is all about. It is natural for you to feel insecure as you step into uncharted territories. But if you are willing to work it out, you would master it eventually. You have to take the first step.
If you want to try public speaking just do it. Or you want to take up web programming, learn guitar, arts, switching into sales, be a blogger. You have to take action. And taking action means you have to put both feet out of your comfort zone. Set your intention and just do it. And do it consistently.
Again you asked, “But I don’t know where to start”. I agree you need knowledge. You can learn some of it through resources but you learn MOST of it through taking action. “But I am not good enough“.Of course, you are not. But you get better by doing and learning.
Venturing into something new is scary, Yes. Why? Because you do not have the knowledge needed. And you need to learn. The best way of learning is NOT googling all over the search engine on this new thing you want to try
If you’re doing that, you need to break out of the fear and doubt that is pulling you back. And the best way I’ve known to learn something is by DOING, by taking action. And learning comes in the form of experience. Whether you fail or succeed in your initial attempt, you are guaranteed to learn something.
If you keep stepping out of your comfort zone, doing, failing and learning. 3 or 6 months later, you look back to where you started and what do you notice? Growth, growth, and growth. What you once thought impossible, you are doing it right now. And how did you do it? By taking baby steps one at a time. By putting your doubts and fear away. And if you need further inspiration, check out this video below :
So what are you still waiting for? Get uncomfortable. Do, learn and grow now. It could be the very thing that leads you to your success. So step out of your comfort zone now.
What has staying in the comfort zone caused you? How did you force your way out? Do share your experience in the comment below.
I am an engineer-turned-writer who once struggle with social anxiety. After overcoming problems inflicted by low self-esteem and the fear of interaction, I realize the need for taking a holistic approach in developing our mind. I'm sharing my experience, remedies, and techniques that interest me in my quest to be a better self.
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