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Step out of your comfort zone

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Your comfort zone includes things that are familiar to you. When you need to feel safe, you retreat to that center point. Try stepping out of your comfort zone to think differently. Some people find that following a routine helps life run relatively smoothly, and while following a routine may help keep you organized, and on track, it may also decrease your ability to see new ideas or take some risks.

Sometimes you need to change it up to challenge yourself. This activity can help you determine what’s in your comfort zone and what you consider risky.

Create three columns

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  • In the first column, write down the things you feel totally safe doing (e.g. exercising at home, going to a friend’s house, getting take-out food).
  • In the second column, write down some things you feel a little uncomfortable doing (e.g. joining a class, cooking new things, going to an unfamiliar place).
  • In the last column, write down the things you feel extremely uncomfortable doing, and would only do if it’s absolutely necessary (e.g. starting a conversation with a complete stranger, or traveling alone to an unfamiliar destination).

Check off the items in the second column that you can try to incorporate into your life, one at a time.  See if there’s anything in the third column you think you could get yourself to do, even if it’s with someone else’s support.

Quick tips

Professionally or at school

  • Speak to someone you see every day but have never talked to before, even if you just start by saying hello.
  • Rearrange your work area; changing your environment can sometimes spark something.
  • Take an alternate route to or from work or school.
  • Eat lunch in a different place or with someone new.
  • Pretend it is your first day and see if you react any differently to things or to the people you’re usually around.
  • Look around for something you haven’t used before, or in a long time and see if you can figure out a new use for it.

Personally

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Solo travel was a big step for me but I love it. Photo in Washington Square Park from my trip to New York in August.
  • Try a dish you haven’t eaten before.
  • Look for inspiration around you.
  • Try learning a different language.
  • Learn a new skill, e.g. ballet, boxing, skating, art class, or photography.
  • Read a book about an unfamiliar topic.
  • Watch a different movie genre. Do you usually only watch comedies? Try a drama or sci-fi movie instead.
  • Take a look at your everyday surroundings and see if you can take some unusual photos. It will help you look at them from a new viewpoint.
  • Rearrange some of the items in your kitchen or tackle a bigger change like rearranging your furniture.

 

These are some of my ideas for stepping out of your comfort zone. What are some of yours?

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45 comments

  1. I agree with all the tips,as people we intend to get used to the daily routine that we do, we do not like to challenge ourselves with different things that is one of the reasons why we do not see change and get results of what we do.

    For example: If you want to start a business but you do not do research about what you want your business to be about then you are still playing you will not get to that level you want to be,it is time you change and start doing different researches about what you want and communicate more to different people you might learn a thing or two from those people with all of that hard work then things can start to change for the better.

    LET US CHANGE OUR DAILY ROUTINE TO SEE CHANGE.

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  2. The comfort zone is a hell without monsters. You are right. No one can grow in that zone. Your quick tips are awesome. Especially, trying new dishes one. I always do and haven’t been amazed except my mom prepares something. Maybe, I’ve been trying wrong dishes at the wrong places.
    By the way, amazing thoughts.
    Live well. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your comment! You may have been going to the wrong places for new meals, but sometimes moms just make the best food 🙂 I’m sorry for the late reply. I’m traveling and behind on replying. Have a great start to the week 🙂

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