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How to break out of your comfort zone

As humans we tend to stick to what’s most comfortable. Whether it be at home or at work, most of us like to play it safe and keep things fairly routine. This is commonly referred to as our comfort zone and while it may be okay to hangout here for a bit, in the long-term it could prevent you from reaching your full potential.

In this blog, we’ll discuss why you should step outside your comfort zone and the several ways you can do so! So, without further ado, let’s begin!

What exactly is your “comfort zone”? Why step outside of it?

Before we can discuss how to move beyond your comfort zone, we first need to establish what the term means.

Simply put, your comfort zone is a place or situation where you feel at ease and in control of your environment.

How do you know if you’re outside of your comfort zone? When you begin to feel vulnerable, anxious, stressed, or uncomfortable about something, chances are you’re outside of your comfort zone.

If we feel so safe and at-home in our comfort zones, why break through them?

Well, if you stay too long, these zones can be a place of stagnation and prevent you from seizing opportunities and achieving personal growth.

To help you seek discomfort, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 tips to move outside your comfort zone.

3 Tips to move outside your comfort zone

Practice discomfort

Fear is a bully. It will try to boss you around and tell you what to do, and when you obey it, it gains power. But, when you acknowledge what it says and you do the opposite, you build courage.

Take a stand by challenging yourself each day to do something that frightens you. Even if it’s something small like meeting a new person or starting a conversation with a stranger. It will be uncomfortable at first, but as you continue to push yourself it will become easier.

Start small

Rome wasn’t built in one day, take your time with this!

According to Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy, research demonstrates the average person finds more success if they focus on achieving little bits of improvement, rather than focusing solely on the outcome.

 So instead of trying to achieve that big goal of yours, why not try break it up into smaller daily goals?

Learn to just say yes

When we encounter something different, our instinct is to avoid it. We aren’t keen on dabbling in new activities or even trying new foods because our brain, by default, operates on safety mode.

Learning to just say yes opens you up to new experiences that help you grow. It means you’re agreeing to move past your comfort zone and embrace a new challenge.

So, the next time you’re hesitant on joining your friend’s morning fitness class or meeting a group of co-workers after work, just say yes!

Tom Chopp is Managing Partner at SWS Warning Lights Inc. He can be reached at 905-357-0222 or tom@warninglightsinc.com

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