A comfort zone is a place where one feels completely at ease. A place of safety. A place of assurance. A place of certainty.
A place where you know exactly what’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen and what the outcome will be.
It’s regular. It’s predictable and it bodes no emotional, physical or mental stress. That all sounds rather nifty.
However, if you’re not careful, the comfort zone is also a place where the challenged mind, ideas, and innovation goes to die.
Why You Should Get Uncomfortable in Your Comfort Zone
Without challenges, your comfort zone turns you to a human being on the cutting edge of mediocre.
When people become too comfortable in their comfort zone, they become resistant to the idea of change.
Without change, there can be no improvement or innovation. There are limited chances of maximizing your potential and fulfilling your dreams.
Your comfort zone conditions you to settle for less than you deserve. Settle for it to the point where you become convinced it’s the best that you can ever do and be.
The path to being who you want to be isn’t always straight, narrow and comfortable. Along the way, you may get to a point where you start thinking you’re too this or too that, so why bother?
Why? Because you’re breathing. Because you want it and because you deserve it. It’s only too late when you’re dead.
Signs of a Well Equipped Comfort Zone
It’s when you marry someone because you’ve been dating for a long time even though deep down you know it’s not right but you’d rather not start over.
It’s when you stay in a job where you’re verbally abused and bullied but you’ve been there a long time and you believe they don’t really mean it.
It’s when you fight every chance or appearance of change or doing something a different way even though you know a different way could be better.
It’s when you’re experiencing low energy and nothing feels exciting or invigorating anymore. Everything feels like a chore and you want to escape.
It’s when your favourite phrase in the whole wide world include the words, “someday soon.” You are a champion procrastinator and have perfected the art of doing something sometime someday.
It’s when you wait for some random force out there in the universe to make things happen for you. Life isn’t Aladdin.
It’s when you stay in one spot talking up a storm about what you’re going to do. Problem is, 10 years from now, you’re still in that spot talking up a storm about what you’re going to do. You’ve turned into the Rock of Gibraltar of your own life.
Now, I’m not saying you should destroy your comfort zone completely. After all, it counts as experience and wisdom.
On some level, it is fine to have a comfort zone but you need to recognize the signs that your comfort level has turned to apathy and average.
6 Ways to Get Uncomfortable in Your Comfort Zone
Making a conscious decision to get uncomfortable in your comfort zone and move forward is real work, which requires energy. Make it easier on yourself with these tips.
1. Do Something Different
You have to do something out of the ordinary. You have to make yourself do the opposite of something you would normally do in a safe and comfortable position.
For instance, if a task has been achieved a certain way for years, challenge yourself to examine and develop other ways it could be more effective to achieve this task.
Perhaps, the task should even be eliminated completely in favour of something else. Force yourself to take a broader view of it.
2. Make a Plan
All those things you keep talking about and you never do. Pick one thing and create an actionable plan around it. Vision boards can be a big help here.
Create an in-depth step by step blueprint for how you’re going to get from point A to B to C including benchmarks for each step then implement it.
3. What Scares You?
You see that one idea/goal that scares you and gives you anxiety and makes you not want to move at all, do it! Do not run away from the things you fear.
I talked about a huge change coming into my life in April/May this year in 2018 Vision Board Update + Law of Attraction.
That change is giving me some anxiety and scaring me a little. That anxiety and fear are what tells me I really must go ahead with it.
In all the time I’ve felt this anxiety and fear of the unknown, not once have I ever told myself, “I think I’ve changed my mind. I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Nah, I’m running headlong into it; with an actionable plan in hand of course. Life isn’t my private genie.
Confronting what you fear and making a plan to make it over is the only way to conquer what holds you back.
4. Meditate Your Mantra
Leaving your comfort zone requires mental energy. You can optimize the process by incorporating daily meditations into your life.
Determine that you can do and be and don’t let that thought go. Visualize what you want to achieve and meditate on it religiously at least once a day for a few minutes.
5. Don’t Get Discouraged If You Fail
“Ever tried. Every failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better,” – Samuel Beckett.
Everybody fails at one time or the other. I’ve failed multiple times. There’s no crime in failing. The crime is giving up after failing.
Failure is discouraging but it is also a great opportunity to learn what didn’t work, go back to the drawing board and come up with an even better plan.
6. Never Stop Challenging Yourself
Every day, always wake up with the conscious desire to continue challenging yourself, to follow up on a goal you’ve set, to take a step forward in the direction towards making one or many things happen for you.
Eventually, this will become like second nature to the point where when you get too comfortable, your brain will automatically jolt you into taking action. Habit becomes discipline. Discipline becomes realized dreams.
Share the ways you’ve tried to get out of your comfort zone and the results in the comments section below.