Everyday Habits That Take You Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie
A lot of missed opportunities in life occur when you choose not to budge even a little from your comfort zone. The familiarity of routines and the mastery you have gained in doing certain things make you feel secure. But the thing about making it a habit to break through your comfort zone is that it makes for some really interesting self-discoveries. Here are some of the things you can do every day to constantly challenge yourself to get comfortable with the unfamiliar and step bravely into the unknown.
Do more of what you fear. Allowing a fear free reign is a form of self-sabotage. Think about the things that you fear most. It could be anything like rejection, public speaking, quitting a job that sucks to pursue what you love, and more. Many people tend to fear things that could actually bring them closer to their end goals. Examine the fear, challenge yourself to move forward despite it, and break through your comfort zone to do them.
Pick up a new skill or knowledge. Whether it is for personal or career reasons, you could benefit from upgrading old skills or learning a new one that supports your lifelong goals. Adding a new skill to your list of accomplishments could prove handy in achieving success at anything you wish to pursue.
Create a must-do list and work on them slowly. Start doing the things that you have been putting off for a wide-array of reasons. Take that dream trip you have been putting off. Try a new sport or hobby. Learn a new language. Go backpacking in Asia or Europe. There has to be a list of things you want to do in your lifetime. If you do not have it yet, it is never too late to create your bucket list and gradually work your way through crossing off each item.
Travel solo. Traveling is easily one of the best ways to expand your comfort zone. Going to an unfamiliar place could come with challenges. But you start overcoming such challenges the moment you make the decision to go somewhere you have not been to before. However, traveling solo further stretches you. It makes a difference when you do not have someone you know alongside you the rest of the way. Use the opportunity to travel on your own not just to explore new places, but also to discover more about yourself.
5. Devote some time to a good cause. Volunteering for a worthwhile cause is also a way of expanding your comfort zone. It provides you with opportunities to experience new things. It is also a great way to meet new people with different personalities and backgrounds.