There are so many things that we let get in our way from growing and doing what we really want to do. We’re fearful of rejection, failure, stress, or even just the unknown so we stay in our little bubble called our comfort zone and let that control us.
But little do we know, outside of your comfort zone, there is a world of experience and magic. We stay in our bubble because it’s everything that we already know – which is fine, but you can’t live your whole life surrounded by what you already know. In order to grow and become a diverse and developed happy human, we need to face challenges and experiences (yes, even uncomfortable ones) that will teach us lessons and help shape who we are.
So, let’s get into some reasons as to how you can take that step out of your comfort zone:
1. Try something new.
This one isn’t as terrifying and it definitely isn’t that difficult. Trying something new broadens your horizons by allowing you to explore and involve yourself in different things. I recommend writing out a list of things that you would like to do sometime in your life, perhaps a bucket list if you will.
It can simple things such as:
- Try yoga
- Learn how to juggle
- Pay for a strangers meal or groceries
- Finish a 1,000 piece puzzle
It can be something thrilling as:
- Take a candlelit cruise through Amsterdam.
- Go zip-lining.
- Go back-packing through Europe
- Ride in a hot air balloon.
Whatever it may be, I encourage you to go out and try it!
2. “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Even if it’s a little thing like being scared to go talk to someone you’ve always wanted to talk to. Who knows the doors you will open up for yourself? Just think, if you told that girl that you thought she looked pretty, if you told the guy that you want to get to know him better, how differently would your life be?
I used to be terrified to talk to people who I didn’t know. I feared it because I didn’t want to be turned down or faced with an awkward situation. I knew going into college things had to change in order for me to make new friends. Thankfully, I was able to encourage myself and muster up enough confidence to go and talk to new people in my classes. Because of this, I’ve met so many amazing people and two of the girls that I met are now some of my best friends that I talk to everyday!
See what amazing things come out of facing your fears?
3. Take a risk
This kind of, sort of, goes along with my last point but take risks towards your goals. If you believe something is right or it should be a certain way, then stand up for it. Go for it. Sometimes you just need that little extra push for yourself in order to get to where you need to be. Sure, it’s a risk, but if you never try, then you’ll never know.
4. Mix up your everyday
Yes, that playlist you listen to is just the best. Yes, that same order you get every time is delicious. Yes, those some clothes you wear all the time look so good on you.
But there is a world full of music out there for you. There are so many tunes that you have yet to hear. Do you know how awesome the feeling is when you first listen to a new song and love it? Instead of listening to the same playlist over and over, (I do it too), ask your friends what they’re favorite band or artist is. Go on Spotify or Apple Music and just browse until you find your melody.
That specific order you get just satisfies your taste buds so well, doesn’t it? You crave your favorite food from that restaurant and all you want is that order. Try something new. You might regret it, sure. It might not be as good as you hoped it would be. But what if it’s so much better than your usual order?
YES, YOU LOOK AMAZING IN THAT OUTFIT. It suits you so well and makes you look slim and perfect. Try the crop top. The ripped jeans will look amazing on you. Why admire someone else’s fashion style when you could have it yourself?
5. Embrace discomfort
Stop worrying about what others are going to think of you. If you want to try something new because it interests you, and it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, then do it! The reasoning behind your discomfort is because it’s an unfamiliar area and you’re not sure what’s going to happen next. But, that’s what makes it so fun and great. Embrace the discomfort.
If you fail completely trying something new, then that’s okay. At least you tried it and now know that door is closed.
Points to take away: everything you could ever need is on the other side of your comfort zone. Amazing things do not happen in the comfortable known but in the uncomfortable unknown. Trust yourself and boost up your self-confidence to assure yourself that you’re still going to be kick-ass whether it works out the way you hope to or not. Pushing your boundaries and breaking free allows you to explore and pushes your creativity.
Challenge question: What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do that you didn’t because of fear of stepping out of your comfort zone? What will you do to break out of your comfort zone?