You know that feeling you get when you are about to embark on something new, but once you get closer to that date or milestone, self-doubt starts to settle in? The reason for this is your subconscious, commonly referred to as your ‘comfort zone.’ A comfort zone is not just that unbelievable soft spot on the couch that everyone loves. Your brain learns your patterns. For example, if you decide to take a new job or lose weight, that could signal your comfort zone’s adverse reaction.
A comfort zone can also be a form of mental conditioning. By true definition, a comfort zone is “a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.” In other words, how we carry on our everyday lives becomes programmed into our cerebral cortex, impacting our decision making. This day-to-day routine is what creates a comfort zone. Comfort zones are wastelands for dreams and among entrepreneurs and professionals.
Choosing to stay within the bounds of your comfort zone ultimately means playing it safe. Growth comes from failing and making mistakes. If life is going smoothly, but you have bigger goals in mind, this could be a red flag that you are being held back by your own comfort zone.
Elevate your potential and reach new heights with these three quick tips to help you move out of your comfort zone and rise to be the person you were always meant to:
#1 Start small when you try something new.
Taking small steps is crucial in creating change. Too much change at once can be a severe factor of 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 Use positive reinforcement.
Reinforcement begins with believing. Utilizing positive self-talk is a method of reinforcing your personal goals. Start to condition your mind into believing that anything you want to do 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.
#3 Create challenges for yourself.
When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge? Set a goal and decide what it will take to get there. Create a daily, weekly, or monthly challenge that you can take part in to 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 base your progress on your current circumstance. Trust your process; change will come when you start to apply the right amount of dedication.
Don’t listen to the scared voice inside, holding you back. It is merely your comfort zone talking.
Let’s continue the conversation in the comments. Are you holding onto things that are keeping you ‘stuck’ in your comfort zone?