By: Laura Norman
Special to the Delray Newspaper
We’ve all heard or read about the need to get out of our comfort zone. Have you ever thought about why you should? After all, our comfort zone is where we feel in control and safe. It’s where we can predict what will happen and how we will feel.
Sounds pretty cozy, doesn’t it?
So why should you feel compelled or even want to get out of your comfort zone? Because life only flows through us while we create new desires, seek new challenges and expect more. When we stop desiring and seeking we stagnate and wither, like a plant that we forget to water and fertilize.
Our comfort zone is where desires go to die. By stepping out of our comfort zone we can build our self-confidence, strengthen our self-esteem and open ourselves to new possibilities. And the start of a new year is a great time to consider how we take those first steps out of our comfort zone to accelerate our personal growth, discover new ways of being and start living a fulfilled life.
Here are some ideas to kickstart your exit from the comfort zone:
Become Aware. The first step is knowing where you are now and what you desire. What have you wanted to do, believed was worth it, yet have been reluctant to try? Draw a circle on a pad of paper and write those things outside of it. Within the circle, write your current comforts. It’s easier to overcome resistance to new ideas when you are aware of them. Remember that your resistance has been keeping you from growing and thriving.
Take Small Steps. You’re more likely to succeed if you don’t overwhelm yourself with change. So, if your ultimate goal is to be a public speaker, you can take small steps in that direction to build your confidence. Start by speaking with smaller groups of people like your friends and family.
Hang Out with Risk-Takers. Spend time with the people who can help push you out of your comfort zone. Emulate their behavior. Slowly, but surely, it will influence your behavior and lead you to take more calculated risks.
Create a New Identity. As you step outside of your comfort zone, you will become something much more than you were before. Going back to the dream of being a public speaker – as you pursue your passion, you will grow both professionally and personally. Be aware of those benefits and use them as motivation.
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