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Stepping Outside The Comfort Zone

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Like Linus,we all like to feel secure & comfortable...there's safety in our comfort zone. The definition of "Comfort Zone" is~

The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk (White 2009).[1] A person's personality can be described by his or her comfort zones. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security. Like inertia, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that zone without stepping outside of it.

The problem is without leaving the zone we never grow or change and may be missing out on everything we could be.

Here are 7 Simple Strategies to help you step out of your comfort zone:

Strategy 1 – Take Baby Steps:
Learn to tread lightly. Remember the phrase you need to learn to crawl before you walk. If you’re trying to immediately take large leaps and bounds fear will set in and you’ll go running back to your safe zone.
When a baby begins walking, they first let go of what they are holding on to. Then they begin taking little steps without even realizing that they are moving. Then they fall. Babies don’t give up and repeat the process until they can walk across the room.
Each step forward is just that: a step forward. These steps will add up to something big as long as you keep trying.

Strategy 2 – Do Something Differently:
Make little changes in your regular everyday choices and activities. Drive a different route to work. Listen to a different radio station. Try a different type of soap or shampoo. Use a different type of dressing on your salad.
Add vibrant colors to your living space. Decorate with different curtains, throw rugs, table cloths, or pillows. Arrange plants or fresh flowers around your home. Re-arrange your furniture or your kitchen cabinets.

Strategy 3 – Try Something New:
You don’t have to do anything dramatic like jumping out of a plane (unless you really want too). Try a new sport. Play a new game with your kids, grand-kids or neighbor kids. Take swimming or tennis lessons. You could take a cooking class or try new exotic recipes. Be brave and try a new food every day. You’ll find lots of delicious foods you may have never thought of before.

Strategy 4 – Use Your Imagination:
When your stuck in a rut, in your comfort zone you are actually limiting your imagination. Your imagination is a great source of energy and knowledge. Using your imagination is a great way to exercise your mind and it’s so much fun!
Dare to dream. Dare to be a kid again. Let your mind wander. Let your mind dream big. Daydream. Your imagination can lead you down the path of a fun wondrous and adventurous life.

Strategy 5 – Meet New People:
Be open to meeting new people. Take a genuine interest in them by striking up casual conversations. You’ll make new friends and acquaintances that can bring a fresh perspective to life. They can help you step out of your comfort zone with new ideas and concepts

Strategy 6 – Accept Help:
Your friends and family want to help you. Let them. They can help alleviate fear and stress in new situations that you may feel uncomfortable in.

Strategy 7 – Think Positive:
Everything begins with your thoughts and your feelings. When stepping out of your comfort zone you’ll probably feel fear. While you’re afraid you need to think positive thoughts ….
Wouldn’t it be great if … I’ll feel so excited when …. This is an exhilarating experience …
Have faith that this new opportunity will bring you to a new, comforting place.
The more you experiment with change the more daring you will become. You’ll be ready to tackle other areas of your life that have become stale and dull.

It is always a little scary to leave the safety of our comfort zone-but we can do it!

Thanks for dropping by & let your Spark Shine!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GRNDMOM43 8/11/2013 1:40PM

    I am reading new Genres and reviewing books. I am slowly increasing my steps and doing a little redecorating. My comfort zone boundaries are expanding! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 8/9/2013 11:37PM

    Thanks Sami! That is s great idea to get out of the comfort zone!!!! I will try it!!!!

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MOTHEPRO 8/9/2013 11:35PM


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    I did something different today. I watched a T.V. program I normally would not watch. LOL. What did you do different, Sami?

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VELMATULIP 8/9/2013 10:13AM

    emoticon together we CAN get healthier!

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SPARKLISE 8/9/2013 6:54AM

    Love it! emoticon

I realized just now that i've been going back to my comfort zone these past few weeks!

Time to get out now! emoticon
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JANIEWWJD 8/9/2013 3:37AM

    Thank you, we all need to be brave and step out of our comfort zone!!!!
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JUMPINJULIE 8/9/2013 2:46AM

    Awesome blog thanks for sharing.

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    What a great blog. I love the idea of having the steps to take to get you out of your comfort zone.

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2HAMSDIET 8/8/2013 8:24PM

    emoticon as always. I sure need this as my husband and I were put on a strick low fat vegan diet by our Dr. for six weeks. It sure is pushing us to rethink things and how to live life this way. Out of our comfort zone we go. Lots of we can do this is a big help.

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MADAMES 8/8/2013 4:07PM

    Some very good is very difficult for me to venture out of my comfort zone!

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SHARON10002 8/8/2013 3:31PM

    Love this blog, Sami! I'm in agreement with 1CRAZYDOG. It's usually easier being the helper than the helpee! I am going to take this advice though - not quite sure how just yet. Stay tuned.

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1BEACHWALKER 8/8/2013 2:08PM

    I know one thing I did back in May outside of my comfort zone of just walking for exercise, was take up riding a bike for the first time in 15 years! Scared me half to death, didn't know I could do. But I did! I have been doing it so much now, I just love it!! Never thought I would say that 15 years ago- I used to Hate bike riding!
Great blog! We always need to be reminded of that to make improvements in our lives! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 8/8/2013 1:46PM

    Woohoo........some great ideas!

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CMCGRUN 8/8/2013 1:09PM

    Thanks for this blog today. It really hit home to me!

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IMAYARNIE 8/8/2013 12:04PM

    Great blog, Sami. Ya know, I've never regretted the few times I've dared let myself go beyond my comfort zone. They've been among my greatest moments. I do, however, think of times I hadn't been so cautious. If I'd read your blog when I was younger, who knows what would be different now. But...there's still time!

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LINDAKAY228 8/8/2013 11:54AM

    Great blog! Lots of good reminders. Sometimes I fight so hard to stay in my comfort zone and then later I wonder why.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/8/2013 10:41AM

    Love this blog, ya never know what may happen when you take a chance, like meeting new people. Step out of the zone and take a walk on the wild side.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2013 10:32AM

    Yeah . . . about that accepting help thingie. YIKES! Why is that so difficult to do sometimes!?! I feel like I'd rather be the helper than be the "helpee!" Ah well . . . a case for re-focusing the thoughts!


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MSLZZY 8/8/2013 9:15AM

    Time to take chances today! Excellent reminders and thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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EVIE4NOW 8/8/2013 9:12AM

  Great blog. Thank you.

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