How to get out of your comfort zone

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Change is inevitable and because of that it is something we all need to learn how to embrace.

All too often we find ourselves set in our routines becoming content with the way things are throughout all aspects of our lives including work, relationships and even our routines.

In this blog post, I’m going to be sharing tips to help you get out of your comfort zone.

Why you should leave your comfort zone

There is nothing wrong with finding peace in the structure that is our day to day. Though, not stepping out of your comfort zone can keep you from experiencing a world of new things.

You should leave your comfort zone because it’s holding you back. It can be really scary to lean into something new but it is absolutely necessary.

Think of the places and people you could be meeting that are waiting for you on the other side of your comfort zone.

Define what is keeping you in your comfort zone

Sometimes we really need to sit with ourselves and think about what is holding us back.

To get to the bottom of this you can ask questions like how you feel when you’re uncomfortable and what makes you feel better.

I recommend putting your thoughts on paper which helps you process things a little bit better.

Additionally, affirmations are great for reassurance and help build up your confidence when trying something you wouldn’t normally do.

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Getting comfortable being uncomfortable

Good things are on the way for you! Clearly, you’ve found yourself wanting to do, see and explore more or else you wouldn’t be reading this.

The first thing you need to do is recognize that during this process you’re going to be uncomfortable – hence the fact you’re trying to push pass your comfort zone.

Here are three things you try for breakthrough.

Meet new people

There are so many benefits of networking and making new connections.

When you attend an event, you get the opportunity to not only learn something new from someone else, but you might even become interested in trying something different based on what they’ve shared. 

LinkedIn is a great place to expand your network and introduce yourself to movers and shakers in your industry if you’re looking to try something new professionally. 

Eventbrite is also a great resource if you want to find cool social events in your city. You never know who you will run into!

Spend time with yourself

You should spend more time with yourself to learn who you really are and truly understand what might be keeping you in your comfort zone.

I like to take myself out on solo dates. I think of it as a great way to treat myself and focus on whatever it is I need in that moment.

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Pay attention to your thoughts 

Your inner thoughts aren’t always truth. It’s especially important to pay attention to what you tell yourself especially those thoughts that are negative.

When you have a negative thought, it’s okay, try not to judge yourself for those thoughts. Simply recognize it and replace it with truth. The truth is, you’re human and you’ll fall but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. 

I hope these three tips are helpful! It’s okay to take baby steps, I don’t recommend stepping out of your comfort zone until you are truly ready. A powerful next step is to unlock routines that push you beyond your place of comfort.

The power of routines

Your habits and routines are what shape the person you are and the person you’ll ultimately become. If you want to step out of your comfort zone then its time to step into new routines.

I know this might sound intimidating but this process is a marathon not a race.

Don’t think you have to change your life all at once but do write out a few new habits you want to create and track them.

For example, you might make it a goal to start waking up earlier so you can spend more time with yourself. For the days that you reach that goal track that new habit and once you are doing it consistently, stack on a new habit.

Doing something regularly is a habit and when you build any new habit on top of it you’re able to create rituals that help increase productivity.

I was first introduce to this practice in the book Atomic Habits by James Clear and its been a game changer.

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Final Thoughts

I hope this blog post has inspired you to get out of your comfort zone. Where you are today does not have to be where you end up tomorrow.

If you are tired of the way things are, just remember it’s never too late for change.