A comfort zone is a very beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. If you want something you have never had, you have got to do something you have never done. You are confined by the walls, you build for yourself. Breaking out of your comfort zone is the only pathway to success. Always remember, a ship is safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships are made for!
Here are 3 takeaways that I learned when I decided to stay in my uncomfortable zone for one-week.
- You may be called a ‘Fool’ before being called ‘Cool’.
When you start facing your fears, expect that people may call you ‘fool’ long before they call you ‘cool’. If you look closely at the journey of anyone you admire. I guarantee that most of the small things that led them to being called ‘cool’ first earned them the label of ‘fool’.
- Even when you are on the right track, you will still doubt yourself. Before you practice expanding your comfort zone, you may think fear is a sign that you are on the wrong track. Because we think, we shouldn’t be afraid or doubt ourselves when we are on the right track. And this is the problem when we think we shouldn’t be afraid. Half the battle is already won when you expect that fear will show up. Doubt and fear are the motivation drivers that keep us going!
- You don’t have to choose between priorities or dream.
When you decide to start taking risks, we often fool ourselves into thinking life has to be an either / or choice. I would encourage you to make one tiny but powerful adjustment to your vocabulary : Swap OR for AND. You can pursue both – your priority as well as your dream, at the same time. Most great ideas, inventions and businesses are built off the midnight oil in the scraps of time others discard to social media, reality TV, or mindless activities.
The biggest mistake I see most people make with trying to expand their comfort zone is believing it has to be ‘big’. Start small. Simply doing something outside of your ordinary routine is enough to stretch you and wake your brain up. Another common misnomer is the belief that age is a factor. Age is irrelevant to when you can begin adventurously living outside your comfort zone. If you’re older, shouldn’t you be inspired to take risks that make the most of the time you have left? If you’re younger, don’t you want to make the next 50 years the best yet?
What are you waiting for?
Just do it!