- Emma Nuttall
Are you stuck in a comfort rut?
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
Expanding your comfort zone can lead to better health and increased productivity
Comfort keeps us feeling safe, albeit stuck-in-place - and in a place that seldom serves us or those we love, at a higher level. - Dr Wayne Dyer
What is a comfort zone?
A comfort zone is a mental boundary you construct in order to feel safe and secure. By only attempting experiences that fit within the constraints of your comfort zone, you can maintain a sense of security. The problem is that your comfort zone offers limited opportunities for growth. Continuing to resist change and new experiences may be holding you back from reaching your full potential.
In order to achieve your goals and explore life’s possibilities, you must have the courage to pursue your dreams and face challenges head on.
Take the first step
There is no rule that states that activities that expand your comfort zone must be scary and overwhelming. You don’t need to bungee jump off a cliff or take a giant leap into the unknown. In fact, too much change all at once can cause high levels of stress and anxiety which is counterproductive.
The key is to push yourself a little each day.
So, how do you step outside of your comfort zone on a daily basis?
· Travel or explore new local places
· Try new recipes or eat at a different cafe or restaurant and order something you have never tried before
· Introduce yourself to a stranger at a work or social function
· Sign up for new classes; fitness, art, language, meditation - the list is endless!
Focus on the end goal
Prepare yourself that a certain level of discomfort is inevitable. The key is to accept this discomfort with the knowledge that it is an essential part of growth and instead focus on the outcome; a healthier, fitter, more productive or more successful you!
Make time for reflection
After each new experience, it’s important to reflect on how it made you feel. You may notice your confidence build. You may find yourself saying yes to new opportunities that you previously would have declined. New social and professional connections may open up to you. Most importantly, you will be motivated to continue pushing yourself and finding out just what you are capable of!
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