Why You Should Step Out Your Comfort Zone
I once read that you should do one thing a day that scares you. The thought of this alone scared the crap out of me. And sounded impossible.
Most of us prefer to stay in our comfort zones. Your comfort zone can be a physical place, like your home. But it’s also a physiological state, where you are in control. This place provides security and allows you to feel at ease. Free from stress and anxiety.
Familiarity makes me comfortable. I can socialize all day with people I am familiar with. But I am not likely to strike up conversation with a stranger. Small talk is not my strong suit. I can be socially awkward. I would rather be silent… or stay home! Last month, I began challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone. And to my surprise, it isn’t that bad. I haven’t reached the “once a day” point yet, but I hope to get there.
I’ve been practicing yoga in my living room every day since January. Last month, I decided to (finally) leave my house and go to a class. The first time I went to class, I was so nervous! It was a new experience, in an unfamiliar space with people I do not know. I didn’t say a word to anyone the entire time I was there. I participated in the class and headed straight out the door. Despite my awkwardness, I was proud of myself for going. And I was happy that I went because I really enjoyed the class. The next time I went, I wasn’t nervous at all. I even spoke to the instructor and the people near me. It’s all about baby steps!
My experience at yoga class helped me see that stepping out of my comfort zone is good for me. It is necessary for our personal growth and success. These are reasons to step out of your comfort zone.
It helps you grow
As kids, we are encouraged to face our fears. Why stop now? Try new things, meet new people, take risks. You never know where it will lead you. Stepping out of your comfort zone can help uncover opportunities and experiences that you wouldn’t find otherwise. It makes us more capable of adapting to change and uncertainty. Because your mind is more receptive to new and unfamiliar things. These new experiences will ultimately expand your comfort zone.
It gets easier
You gain more confidence with every challenge you conquer. The anxiety and fear that you once experienced will loosen up because you become accustomed to that feeling. Things that were once scary, will become your new normal. I am no longer afraid to leave my comfort zone. Unless your fears include activities like jumping off of cliffs, swimming with sharks, or fighting bears, you will survive. And what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. You got this!
Learn About Yourself
Opening yourself up to new experiences can help you learn so much about yourself. There are so many things you can discover: hobbies or interests, a talent you didn’t know you have, or a weakness that you weren’t aware of. Self-discovery can difficult to come by when we stick to the same routines and habits. It’s hard to experience anything new when you rarely leave the house. [Note to self].
Make yourself proud!
My small feats have made me so proud of myself. It gives me a high. Because I know my own personal struggles. I know how difficult it is to do things that scare me. I started a note in my phone to keep track of the times I step out of my comfort zone. I love to pat myself on the back when I deserve it.
Put yourself out there and do something that scares you! You won’t regret it.
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? How did it make you feel?