Stepping outside of your comfort zone makes a lot of sense. With each step forward, you discover more about your world, and about yourself. You feel more connected, and like you can do anything. There are so many positive things to say about stepping outside of our comfort zone; it’s a wonder we ever hesitate in leaving it.
But the reality is, like with any change we see people hesitating when it comes to trying something new. Stepping outside a comfort zone can seem hard and like a lot of work. The reality is, it’s a lot easier than you think. And while there might be some work involved, the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks. Getting started can be as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Say yes! Opportunities abound! But what do we do when faced with one? Too often we wind up saying no. There’s always a good excuse – not enough money, not enough time, not enough reasons to try something new.
How do you get beyond this point? By not overthinking. If an opportunity arises, try saying ‘yes.’ This doesn’t mean you’re going to become a doormat that says ‘yes’ to everything that comes along. The keyword here is ‘opportunity.’
Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances.” Loosely translated this means something that has the possibility of being GOOD for you. So, if you’re already aware that this circumstance is to your benefit, then it seems kind of silly to say no.
Step 2: Ditch the fear. The main reason we hesitate when trying something new is because deep down we’re afraid of something. So when you find yourself wavering toward that ‘no’ the next most logical thing to do is to ask yourself what exactly you’re afraid of.
What you’re going to find out is that every reason tends to come back to fear. You say no because you don’t have time? Maybe that’s an excuse hiding a deeper fear of going out in public, or of meeting someone new.
Once you understand your fear, you can take steps to resolve it. Once you’ve dug down to the root, you have the ability to remove that fear entirely from your life. That gone, you’re now free to move forward in a positive way.
*As a side note, some fears might require professional help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in working through the more difficult stuff.
Step 3: Find the excitement. Instead of focusing on the scary part of stepping outside your comfort zone, instead, jump into what’s exciting about trying something new. Finding a positive outlook will go a long way toward your finding success in whatever new thing you’re trying.
With these three steps, you’re ready to go out into the world. Leaving your comfort zone has never looked so easy, or so inviting!