“What if I Fall, Oh but my darling what if you fly.” – Erin Hanson
Comfort zones can be magical places keeping us safe and secure. There are times though when we know we’re capable of more and it’s time to step out and reach our potential.
How to move out of your comfort zone.
- Think about what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail. It’s easy to dismiss our dreams as feeling unrealistic and unachievable. But, what would you do if there was no way you could fail? Try to think about what you would do if time and money weren’t issues and you had everything you needed at your disposal.
- Focus on how you want to feel. We don’t always have a big goal in life and sometimes we’re stuck in a rut, which we want to get out of. What does success really mean to you? Focussing on how we want to feel can help give us clarity on what we really want.
- Take baby steps. I used to be painfully shy. I felt awkward around people I didn’t know and gave off a bit of a negative vibe. I started to overcome it by being friendly, changing my body language and being more approachable. It took time and work on my part, however, I’m much more relaxed around new people now.
- Go for progress, not the finished product. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to just start and refine as you go along. Otherwise, I have a tendency to focus on perfection and put so many obstacles in the way, that it becomes overwhelming.
- Become aware of excuses. Notice what you are telling yourself. Making excuses is a way of procrastinating and avoiding leaving your comfort zone.
- Live with discomfort. Comfort zones are comfortable. The downside is that they don’t allow you to reach your full potential. It can be daunting stepping out – just remember this is helping you grow.