5 Easy Ways To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Discomfort may sound awful, but it can be a great tool for enjoying life more. Rarely do the big, juicy slices of living come from hanging around in a boring old room called, "The Comfort Zone." In fact, comfort zones are only good for one thing: stagnating. Nothing new happens there except snore-worthy stories on repeat. But to bust out of the oppressive constraints of always playing it safe you're going to have to make peace with discomfort, because the only way to become comfortable with something new is to get uncomfortable over and over. Don't spend your days wondering what it might be like to try something new and instead consider ways to get out of your comfort zone and live with less regret.
I really hate to ruffle your feathers, perfectionists, but perfect is an illusion. It simply doesn't exist. Yet so many people won't try something new, hesitate to start on a goal, or fear what will happen if they make a shift because the outcome may fall short of the ideal, perfect results they've created in their head. Kicking perfectionism to the curb makes space for the freedom to do the things you've been dreaming about.
You don't have to go balls to the wall the first day you decide to step out of your comfort zone, it's totally acceptable (and mindful) to take things at a pace that feels right to you. Starting can sometimes be the hardest part, so celebrate the baby steps as you go. Slow and steady is progress all the same.
No need to go new things alone — find yourself a partner in crime. Maybe you ask a friend to keep you accountable on reaching the new goal you've set for yourself or you convince your significant other to join you in your new adventures. Having someone to share your progress with makes the journey more fun.
It's easy to think of all the things that can go wrong when you're leaving the warm embrace of the comfort zone, but that's no way to get shit done. What's possible if you think of everything that can go right? List all the things you can gain from at least trying and make that your focus.
Too much planning can be a sneaky form of procrastination. It allows you to stall instead of taking the first steps. Don't be a stranger to a spontaneous decision, for these can be the moments that make you feel the most alive. You get out of your head and into your heart which can be a recipe for pure magic.