Funnel Creator Secrets Podcast Ep. 054: 10 Benefits Of Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Leaving your comfort zone can be downright scary. Why would we want to leave a state of being that is safe and relaxed? The answer is we need to experience discomfort to experience personal growth.
It can be easy to fall into a monotonous routine, sticking to your weekly schedule and going through the motions, but is that the best way to live life? Escaping your comfort zone can be challenging, but it is also often a time of excitement and growth. Are you making the most of your life or have you succumbed to the tedium of your comfort zone?
These 4 signs you’re stuck in your comfort zone will help you to find out:
1. You're zoning out
Has your routine become so ingrained that you can do it in your sleep? Are you able to meet deadlines and completes tasks without really thinking about what you are doing? This is a sign that you are living well within your comfort zone without facing any new learning curves. Don’t become stagnant – shake things up! Learn a new skill, visit somewhere new, try something different. You will be amazed at how much more energized you feel.
2. You can't remember the last time you faced a true challenge
When was the last time you faced a true challenge? Not just a minor hiccup that varied from your standard week (your local supermarket was out of your favorite coffee brand or you had an unexpected visitor that interrupted your washing schedule meaning you didn’t hang it out until later in the day), but a real challenge. Something that was difficult and uncomfortable and thought-provoking. Can’t remember? It must have been a long time ago. Try to put yourself out there to learn or experience something new. It might be challenging, but it is sure to be satisfying.
3. You're always waiting for the right time
Do you look at other people’s accomplishments and think about your long-term goals, only to dismiss them by saying it’s not the right time? Don’t trick yourself into believing that the ‘right’ time has come for others and that’s why they are experiencing success – there is no such thing! If you have ambitions, make a plan to get there and start implementing it today.
4. When asked ‘what’s new?’, you are unable to give an answer
It’s a common phrase when you run into old friends or acquaintances who you haven’t seen in years. While it’s often difficult to answer because it’s hard to know where to begin, are you somebody who genuinely doesn’t have a response? If nothing has changed in the months or years since you have seen this person, it might be an indication that it’s time to make one!
As people say, "'A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there.'"
Here are 10 benefits that will make you want to summon the courage and get out of your comfort zone.
It will result in personal growth
Leaving your comfort zone is the only way to develop. Challenge yourself by stepping outside of you comfort zone to ensure you reach your full potential.
You will learn new skills
How do you know what you are good at unless you try? Give something new a go, even if it scares you; who knows, it just might become your new hobby!
It will improve your creativity
New skills and new experiences will help provide a new perspective. By trying new things and learning about new topics, you will adopt a newfound outlook on life. This will help to expand your lateral thinking and approach situations in a different way.
You will get to know yourself even better
Stepping outside of your comfort zone is more than just learning new skills; it’s about learning more about yourself as a person. Your like and dislikes, your limits and boundaries, the things you can cope with and the things you find most difficult. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will provide greater insight into you as an individual, meaning you are better prepared for the future.
It will ensure you are more able to deal with challenges
By leaving your comfort zone, even with small steps, you will learn to embrace change and deal with obstacles. These skills are extremely important throughout life when you will need to deal with adversity and challenging situations.
You will meet new people
Trying new things often means meeting new people. If you expand your skillset and your interests, it is likely you will come into contact with different types of people and develop a broader network. Embrace these additions and learn from them.
You will keep life interesting
Avoid the trap of falling into the same tedious pattern every day by taking a risk. Getting out of your comfort zone helps to break up the monotony of life and ensures you aren’t wasting your days away.
What is one thing you can do today to get out of your comfort zone?
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