Leaving your comfort zone is hard — I won’t deceive you. The good thing is — it is achievable.
In my previous post on finding your purpose in life, I mentioned leaving your comfort zone as one of the key points but couldn’t do much justice to it.
So, this post contains ten practical ways to get out of your comfort zone.
But before going into that, let’s briefly discuss some things you should know about a comfort zone and why you should leave it.
What Is a Comfort Zone?
A comfort zone is a state or situation where nothing challenges you to become a better version of yourself.
It’s that psychological position where you feel there’s no need to try something new and different because you are very comfortable.
And sometimes, a comfort zone has nothing to do with being successful.
Many are poor and underachievers because they fail to leave their comfort zone (even when nothing is comfortable around them).
Despite their level of suffering and pain, they are reluctant to try new things that could change the narrative.
They lack the courage and determination to change the norms and engage in challenging but profitable tasks.
In my research, I stumbled on Maggie Wooll’s article for Betterup. She describes a comfort zone as the:
“psychological state in which a person feels at ease because they’re not being tested.”
(Hey Maggie! If you are reading this, thank you for your contribution)
Why Is It Important to Leave Your Comfort Zone?
There are many reasons you should get out of your comfort zone, including the following:
1. It Guarantees More Productivity and Success
Staying in your comfort zone will limit your success and productivity since you won’t try more productive adventures.
On the contrary, stepping out of your comfortable position and welcoming new challenges will improve your chances of achieving something worthwhile.
2. It Facilitates Personal Growth and Development
Leaving your comfort zone will result in personal development and growth, even if you fail in your new adventure.
Let’s assume you decide to face your fears and approach your longtime crush.
You summon the courage and ask her out, but she turns down your request.
Yeah, the outcome wasn’t impressive. But the experience remains with you forever.
Henceforth, you won’t struggle to approach any lady because you’ve learned to leave your comfort zone.
You’ve broken the barrier, leading to massive growth in one aspect of your life.
Do you get my analogy? Great.
3. Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
At first, I disagreed with this point.
However, I changed my stand after a second thought.
Here’s the point — your desire for a remarkable life can only be possible when you do unconventional things.
For instance, a baby must leave his comfort zone (mother’s back) and take the risk of crawling to grow.
At some point, the crawling stage would turn to his comfortable position.
But guess what? He would have to dump the newfound comfort and try another unfamiliar terrain.
This time, he would see if walking with two legs is possible.
He will give his best and get some support from his parents until he achieves it.
Considering the baby illustration, you would agree that you can’t live a life of purpose without stepping out of that convenient stage.
You can’t enjoy a good life unless you challenge yourself to take the unfamiliar (but legal) route to success.
Do you agree with this point? Let me know in the comment section.
4. Leaving Your Comfort Zone Helps You Build Confidence
Here is another reason to get out of your comfort zone when necessary.
Sometimes, confidence is an aftermath result of the action you take.
When you take the first step and leave your comfort zone, you will gather new experiences that will be useful in the future.
Therefore, leaving your comfort zone helps you to be courageous in your quest for a better living.
How To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
1. Identify Your Fears and Tackle Them
Fear is one of the main reasons most people can’t leave their comfort zone.
They are scared of failing so much that they don’t even try.
According to them, there’s no need to take a risk when your current position guarantees success and comfort.
Similarly, some people know their fears but are unwilling to accept them.
Instead of admitting their problem, they would make a perfect excuse to cover up.
So, identify your fear, admit it, and face it head-on. Don’t run from it; solve it early so it won’t affect you in the future.
- If public speaking is your problem, try speaking to a group of ten people.
- If asking a girl out is your fear, begin with your distant cousin or friend.
- If the fear of failure is your issue, take minimal risk.
- If you’re scared of heights, try indoor rock climbing.
2. Change Your Mindset and Try New Things
Your belief system has a role to play in everything about you.
Whether you want to learn a new trade or dive into a new career, your mindset remains one of the most important factors.
A negative mindset will only focus on one thousand and one reasons you won’t make it.
On the contrary, a positive mindset will encourage you to go all out for your goal.
Hence, changing your mindset is one good way to leave your comfort zone.
A renewed and positive mindset will encourage you to step out of your shell and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
How Can You Change Your Mindset?
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Practice positive self-talk. Get a list of positive affirmations.
- Keep learning: Read mind-shifting or personal development books and attend webinars.
- Change your circle of friends if they don’t inspire growth.
- Practice self-awareness.
- Be flexible enough to accept change.
- Set realistic goals (some call them SMART goals)
- Learn to turn down unreasonable offers that contradict your new ethics.
- Ensure regular meditation
- Treat yourself like the king or queen that you are.
- Regard the process and celebrate the outcome.
3. Set and Pursue Challenging Goals
Set goals that will take you out of your comfort zone, whether career or personal.
Set challenging but achievable goals you can’t achieve without stepping out of your place of comfort and pleasure.
Meanwhile, don’t just create a list of goals but ensure you deploy an effective strategy to achieve them.
Apart from forcing you out of your comfort position, challenging goals tend to produce massive rewards in the long run.
4. Get Rid of Negative People
Do you still remember the “Show me your friend” proverb? In cases you’ve forgotten, it says:
“Show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are.”
Your close pals could make or break you.
They could motivate you to take life-changing steps that would better your life.
They can also discourage you from leaving your safe zone, even if that’s all you need to attain better heights.
Therefore, you must add well-behaved and best guys to your close circles.
People who will advise and support you when necessary.
5. Travel and Try Something Intriguing
Engage in some intriguing activities for the first time. These include surfing, rock climbing, or salsa dancing.
Likewise, visiting somewhere you’ve never been, either solo or with friends, will help too.
Say yes when someone invites you to edible places, even if it’s not your thing.
You never know when you’ll discover something new you enjoy! Be open to experiences.
Learn a challenging new skill like coding, playing an instrument, or doing arts and crafts. Stretch your abilities and gain confidence.
6. Learn to be Vocal
This point is largely for introverts who are shy or afraid to speak their mind.
Keeping things to myself is one of the 20 mistakes I made in my early 20s. Please, don’t repeat the same thing.
Speak your mind — don’t just go with the flow. Practice standing up for your values regardless of the confrontation.
Contribute more in groups instead of bottling your thoughts. Use your voice. Meet new people outside your existing circles.
Join a local club, sports team, or volunteer group to widen your social horizons.
You know what? I was a shy guy who rarely spoke in public until I decided to leave my comfort zone.
I became intentional.
I promise to say whatever comes to my mind at any time to anyone (although I processed every thought to prevent gibberish opinions).
Stepping outside your comfort zone opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
Keep challenging yourself regularly to grow and thrive!
Meanwhile, Let me acknowledge Hailey Shafir’s indirect role. Her content for Social Self was helpful.
Have you ever left your comfort zone to pursue your career?
What’s the experience? Kindly share your strategy with me.
I would love to hear your expert opinions in the comment below.