“Comfort zone” is defined as “a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.” I think it’s safe to say people are pretty happy in this place. But since it’s Monday (and on Mondays we need a little extra encouragement), I’m here to challenge you to step out of that comfort zone.
Astrologically speaking, I’m a Cancer (the crab), so by no means am I an expert at leaving my comfort zone. But it is something I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to do more of. Here’s why you should step out of your comfort zone too.
You Can Experience New Things
You’ll never experience new things if you’re sitting in your comfortable place. So take a deep breath and agree to try something new. You could find yourself being introduced to something you end up loving! Or on the flip side, maybe you don’t love it, but at least you tried it (#noregrets).
You Have the Chance to Meet New People
By stepping out of your comfort zone, you can meet new people. Who knows, you might make a new friend, someone who can teach you something, or even a person that gives you the boost you need to achieve your goals.
You Get a Confidence Boost
The biggest reason people stay in their comfort zone is because they fear failure or embarrassment. But taking the plunge to try something you’re a bit uncomfortable with actually makes you MORE confident. Whether failure or success, you can pat yourself on the back and say, “I did it!” And that my friends, is a great feeling!
Your Comfort Zone Expands + You Grow
This is the ultimate goal, right? No one ever did “big things” by staying in the same place. You have to grow. And in order to do so, you have to take risks. After all, life really begins at the end of your comfort zone!
This month alone I already took two big steps outside of my comfort zone and I must say, both have had a big impact on achieving all of the big points I mentioned above.
Last week, I played in my company’s charity golf tournament. Here’s the curveball. I’ve never played actual golf. Only mini golf, which is much more contained and SO different than 18 holes of green on a legit golf course (and with people who play regularly + are really good). But you know what, it actually ended up going MUCH better than I expected. Believe it or not, I actually got the ball up in the air several times, I scored for our team, and learned a lot about golf!
And earlier this month I decided to go to a meet-up that a group I’m in was having, only I was new to the group and didn’t know anyone. The problem was nobody had discussed anything about the meet-up in a week and a half so people just assumed it wasn’t happening anymore. I thought about just turning around and trekking back home, but instead decided to message one of the girls in the group and within a few minutes she arrived and we had the best time chatting over dinner and drinks!
Time to Fly
Have you stepped out of your comfort zone recently? If not, what’s holding you back?! Whatever you’ve been skeptical to do or try, I’m challenging you to get out there and do it!