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). 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!