Hello there! Hope your weekend went well! I was able to finish off my Sunday afternoon with a fun family picnic event. Talked to some people I hadn’t seen in a while, was really nice Then there were those few people I saw and just didn’t talk to. It sucks when you feel like you’ve missed an opportunity, doesn’t it? This all got me thinking (of course). Have I always been like this? Why am I avoiding conversation? What’s up with me? Have I gotten too comfy with my select few people and activities?
One thought lead to another, and well, here’s the result!
7 Ways to Get Outta Your Comfort Zone!
C’est la vie – Before you can even start moving outta your comfort zone, you need to realize you’re in one. You know what they say… realizing you have a “problem” is the first step. But! I really wanna add to this. While realizing this, you can also realize that the world isn’t coming to an end. Yep, you may be struggling with comfort zone-itis, but worse things have happened. You’ll be okay! 🙂
Reason – So, you’ve discovered what’s going on, but now what? Sure, you can make a plan / goal to work on this, but why the heck would you want to? (playing devil’s advocate here). If you’re happy with where you are, then all the power to you! If you wanna keep reading tips 3-7, it should be because you have a reason. I mean, other than the fact that I’m an amazing writer, of course!
Fears – Why do you have trouble stepping outta your zone? What do you picture happening? Pinpointing what you’re nervous about might help! Also! Once you’ve imagined your worst case scenario, you can come up with a plan of attack!
Reality – I’ve been hearing all these stories of people going on crazy adventures, like zip-lining and such. Yes, while this is super awesome, it may not be completely realistic for you right now. Think of doing something a little less… zip-liney? Try meeting someone for coffee, maybe? hehe
Goal – That last one brings us here. Try imagining something you can actually put into practice in the near future. Make a plan for when and where and all that, then try your best to stick to the plan (hardest part!) No need to make this a big thing. Baby steps are a great way to go. Start with something small. do a dry run before. Sounds silly, but hey, it could help!
Example – Think of someone you know who likes trying new things. Someone who makes you think that it may actually be possible. Use that person, talk to them, see how they do it. Or! Crazy thought here, but maybe try out something new together.
Thinking – This one is hard to explain, but I’m still gonna try. Do you feel like being embarrassed or facing a challenge is really awful? If you can somehow miraculously change the way you see these things, you are both a genius and incredibly close to abandoning that comfort zone. An idea: try looking at a challenge as something exciting and fun, instead of well, your worst enemy.
Hopefully these tips can be helpful to you! I know I will definitely try them out! I’m hoping that I’m not the only person suffering from comfort zone-itis!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂