Fear is a natural response to change. Our minds are designed to operate on routines. It is in our nature to be repetitive. That is why when something happens to us that throws off our daily routine. Which is why change can be hard to accept.
Learn to embrace those feelings and look let them. Your fear is just a sign to look at the situation logically. If you’re not careful your fear will keep you ‘stuck.’ It is important to identify it and face the fear that is keeping you from quitting the job you hate, starting that project, or building your business. Succumbing to fear makes it easier for us to remain our ‘comfort zones.’
A comfort zone is referred to as a ‘behavioral state’ because it is a form of mental conditioning. Research shows that as we carry on our every-day lives, our routines become programmed into our cerebral cortex. When we become “programmed” to a routine, however, we usually experience a lack of excitement and willingness to want to try anything new. Our routines get boring and we crave something new, but rather than being happy about starting fresh or doing something different, we react with fear and anxiety. Why?
The reason why we respond with fear is that our minds are defending what they have been conditioned to do. Your body goes into automatic defense mode because your comfort zone is where you have the most confidence and feel like you are in control. So, the next time you want to change your routine and you start having negative thoughts push through them. That’s just your comfort zone talking.
Getting stuck in a routine is easy to do. Being stagnant in a comfort zone often results in plummeting creativity.
When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge?
One of the biggest mistakes we make is relying on our minds to tell us who we are. I know you’re thinking, “Well my mind knows what I want.” However, I beg to differ. Your biggest enemy can be your thoughts.
What you think you ultimately become
Once you start to believe something it impacts your thoughts and your thoughts impact your actions. The reason for this is because your subconscious has a “safety zone.” According to acclaimed financial guru Dave Ramsey, our minds have comfort levels. He explains in, Total Money Makeover, that is why it is hard to make a change.
Your brain learns your patterns and if you decide to take a new job or lose weight you may not get the boost you need from your thoughts. That is why reinforcement is crucial and by using reinforcement you can elevate your potential.
Elevate your potential and reach new heights
Reinforcement begins with believing. Start to condition your mind into believing that anything you want to accomplish can come true. This is not a trick or meditation. This is about getting rid of negativity and fear to make a change in your life. Below are three tips to help you out of your comfort zone today.
#1 Start small.
Taking small steps is crucial in creating change. Too much change at once can be a serious factor in becoming overwhelmed. You don’t have to throw your entire routine out the window to step out of your comfort zone. Try taking small steps, like driving a different route to work or even moving your desk to a different location. These can help you to get comfortable with the discomfort that comes from trying something new.
#2 Write it down.
Write down everything that comes to your mind: thoughts, ideas, things you want to do. Difficult times also bring about reflection into our pasts. In hard times is when we reflect the most. Make the most out of your flashbacks and write down your feelings, thoughts, ideas, and things you would like to accomplish in your future.
#3 Create challenges for yourself.
Set a goal and decide what it will take to get there. Create a daily, weekly, or monthly challenge that you can participate in that will put you one step closer to what you truly want and expect from your life. Use sticky notes or a pen and pad to keep track of challenges and progress. Do not determine your progress on the way your situation looks. Trust your process change will reveal itself.
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