Expand Your Comfort Zone and Reap the Benefits
It’s easy to freeze when fear strikes, and to rest when comfort is optimized. So clearly, your comfort zone becomes your safe haven. Your own little comfort bubble.
Being in your comfort zone is a mindset, and as such, it affects your thinking and your perspective. That bubble is full of YOU, your beliefs, acceptance levels, etc.
However, there are benefits to stepping out of your comfort zone and you may be missing out on some of them. But first, let’s ponder some thoughts about the comfort and fear aspects of your comfort zone.
Comfort Zone: The Comfort
Living in your comfort zone means being, well…comfortable. Being around the familiar, the expected, the rituals we’ve established or inherited.
And it’s all fine and dandy to be comfortable and at rest, until your comfort zone takes you hostage. When it keeps you so confined that it becomes a source of negativity, judgment, despair, and hopelessness.
You don’t see it coming because it’s so gradual, and you don’t realize when it happens because you’ve gradually accepted who you were becoming.
Comfort Zone: The Fear
The anticipatory fear is much more than the actual fear. ~Dr. Andy Molinsky
Professor of Organizational Behavior, Dr. Andy Molinsky, points out that the fear we experience in the anticipation stage is much worse than the actual fear caused by whatever it is you’re stepping into.
This is both bad news and good news:
Bad – because if you can’t get over that fear of anticipation, you won’t be able to get where you want to go, where your dreams may be waiting for you.
Good – because once you get passed that initial, pre-event fear, you can reap the benefits.
And speaking of benefits…
Comfort Zone: The Benefits of Stepping Out
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. ~George Addair
I believe that if you want to conquer your fear, you need to start by stepping out of your comfort zone one step at a time.
Heck if you’re brave enough, jump in, or should I say jump out? But at the very least, you can start slowly, one step at a time.
I’ve always said that you have to be comfortable with how much you’re stepping out, because I believe there’s a balance in everything.
For example, there’s no use in stepping out so far beyond your ability that you freeze, fail, and never want to try again.
Benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.
Reach your dreams – Think about some of the things you find yourself daydreaming about but are so afraid to pursue.
The reason you don’t follow your dreams is because you are comfortable where you are and how things are. You prefer to address your dreams from afar, and label them your unattainable dreams in life.
Embrace change – Why should you accept and embrace change? Because it happens whether or not you want it or are ready for it.
Things change and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. There are professional, familial, societal changes that you can’t control. You might as well enjoy it.
Open mindedness – It’s more difficult to accept truths that are not within your comfort level.
Stepping out of your comfort zone gives you the ability to look at things from a different perspective, from someone else’s point of view.
Increased positivity – When you are in your ways, you tend to see the negative in the situation and changes around. You zero in on the impossibilities.
But if you are willing and readily able to adapt, you can focus on the positive and the benefits that the situation can offer.
Ability to accept others – Don’t feed your judgmental nature. It can be difficult for you to comprehend how others can so easily do the things you’re uncomfortable with.
You hear it all the time, when your co-worker says, I don’t know why she would do that, or I can’t understand why someone would want to live that way, or what you should’ve done was…
What are you willing to do to step out of your comfort zone?
It’s not the easiest thing to do, stepping out of your comfort zone, but it gets easier the more you do it. I hope some of these benefits are enough to help you take the leap or one tiny step after another.
See you on the other side of your comfort zone!