An important aspect of self-development is to know when it’s time to change something about yourself. When you change, you often become more knowledgeable, skilled, and comfortable about a task or situation.
So why not add enjoyment to your life by stepping out of your Comfort Zone?
However, any kind of change, even if it will make your life more enjoyable, can be difficult because it does involve trying new things.
So what is the best way to reduce this discomfort?
To be honest, the more you push yourself to step out of your comfort zone the easier it becomes. The more you gain, the more likely it is that you’ll be willing to push yourself again in the future.
Try these suggestions to step out of your comfort zone:
Do something new once a week.
Don’t get stuck in a rut. Instead, open your mind to original ideas and experiences.
Engage in a new activity every 7 days or so.
Maybe you’ll try reading a biography instead of a mystery. Jogging every so often on your daily walk brings variety. Perhaps there’s a new recipe or food you’ve been curious to try for the first time. Go for it!
Almost everyone feels a bit unsettled when they do something new for the first time.
Acknowledge the discomfort (of leaving your comfort zone), your feelings are after all normal. When you identify those fears, it actually becomes easier to try something new.
Jot down what scares you when it comes to engaging in the experience.
Understand that thousands of others have likely done what you want to embark on and they made it through. You may feel a bit fearful, but plan to dive in to the experience anyway.
Share your confidence with others.
If your friends tell you they feel like they never do anything interesting, give them encouragement to go for something they want to experiment with. Share a recent personal story of how you were hesitant to engage in a new experience. Tell them they can learn to embrace new things too.
When we see and learn about someone else’s bravery and sense of adventure, then you can be brave and adventurous, too.
Visualise the desired experience.
Imagine what it will be like to experience something you’ve longed to do. Picture it in your mind. Close your eyes and imagine yourself achieving your goals. As you let yourself visualise the experience¸ you see that it will be marvelous. Then go and just do it!
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be an exhilarating experience.
Who knows, you may even discover a whole new you!
At any rate, you’ll greatly increase the enjoyment in your life.