Feel like chasing dreams and making ‘em come true?
Then getting out of your comfort zone is a must and you should do so on a daily basis.
To reach our #1 goal in life, we need to get uncomfortable – and often.
That can be a tough one to wrap your head around but it’s how we evolve as humans.
When we put ourselves out there, we grow, learn, and we move closer to our dreams.
This is just facts.
I know, I know it’s so warm and cozy in our comfort zone, and everything is so nice and familiar. But it isn’t doing us any good.
I, for one, had to take a big step out of my “cozy” zone when I decided to start my blog, my own business and go after what I thought would be impossible for me.
The impossible turned into possible, and it’s all because I left my comfort zone on the regular.
We need to be constantly challenging ourselves in order to grow and get the very best out of life.
After all, we’re only here for a period of time. Let’s make it count eh? 🙂
Now you may think…
“Well, if I’m only here for a certain amount of time. Why not feel comfy during the little time we have on this earth?”
Do you want the short answer? Because you WILL be bored.
Even the snuggliest of days get a little *yawn* after a while. You know I’m right. Right?
How many of you have told yourself the following…
“Today’s tasks: I’m just going to stay inside, under my blanket, watch Friends all day, eat chocolate and drink hot cocoa!”
Sounds amazing right? Imagine doing that every day.
Not so fun anymore and you’ll be craving a change soon enough.
As humans, we are restless and we were not put on this earth to live comfortably and still at all times.
We are meant to evolve, grow, walk around, exercise and move our bodies out and about, outside our comfort zone.
Outside our comfort zone is where the magic happens.
Be uncomfortable, every day and you will be destined for greatness and success. Imagine all the possibilities out there, just waiting for you to go out and grab ‘em.
When you decide to take a walk out of your safe space, ideas come easier, your creativity will spark and you see opportunities where you used to see obstacles.
“Ok great, but how do I get out of the zone?”
Great question. And I got you covered.
1. BE CLEAR & SET GOALS
Before taking any type of leap, it’s important to gather the relevant information, set extravagant goals for yourself so you know exactly what it is you’re chasing, and where and who you want to be.
Be as specific as you possibly can and get nitty gritty when it comes to the details surrounding your goals.
If you want to start your own business, don’t just say, “my goal is to start a business.”
You need to go into the specifics…
- How can I start my new business in the best possible way?
- What is the first step I need to take to get started?
- What niche will it be in?
- How much money will I need to make my first year?
- How many hours a day will I work on my business?
- And when will I work on it?
- Who are my ideal clients?
- What will my first-year business plan look like?
- And why do I want to start the business in the first place?
Your WHY is as important as ever.
Break your big goal into smaller actionable goals and get started!
Stop imagining the worst-case scenario, because more often than not – you’ll find that the worst case only exists in your head.
Make sure you educate yourself properly on the “scary” task at hand before you shove it away and snuggle your way back into your zone.
2. MAKE THE DECISION
Just start. Make your decision and get down and boogie with it.
Write down your WHY and carry it with you wherever you go.
There will be times when you’ll come up with every excuse in the book for staying put in your zone.
Make a firm decision and make the commitment to yourself.
And please no plan B, because that’s just an excuse for you not to follow through when things get hard because they will.
When I decided to start a blog (aka a business), I knew that it meant putting myself out there on the scary world wide web and that becoming my own boss would come with a good dose of hanging out in the driveway of my comfort zone, looking in.
Was that analogy clear? I hope so.
To be honest, there are days when I question myself and my abilities to help other people with my blog.
But I don’t let it get in the way of me continuing to pursue my dreams.
I always remember my WHY, I get up, get dressed and I’m ready to leave my comfort zone every day because I made the decision and I will follow through.
3. START SLOW
When you break your usual patterns, give yourself a break and a big pat on the back for making the commitment to get out of the “house” (comfort zone) more often.
It can and will feel scary to constantly put yourself out there, especially in the beginning.
Instead, start slow and do something that scares the heck out of you (in a good way because it relates to your goals) for 5 minutes every other day instead of every day.
Breaking a habit takes practice and the more you do it the better you will get at it.
- Did I put myself out there today?
- Did I do something that scared the heck out of me but I know will help me achieve my goals?
- Great. I get a check. 🙂
4. FAILING IS A-OK
If you think you’re failing at something, that’s amazing!
In all seriousness, all this really means is that you are LEARNING something new, you are putting yourself out there and living your life.
You’re not failing. You’re succeeding.
Don’t ever be afraid of failing, because learning in a new and challenging environment only helps you to grow and evolve.
Failing would mean never putting yourself out there at all and staying in your comfort zone.
Hats off to you! And let’s just remove the word failure from the vocabulary while we’re at it, shall we?
From now on..
Failing = Learning
5. WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS
Spot opportunities instead of challenges.
Having the right mindset is essential.
If you take a leap and think only negative thoughts – well, you can imagine the outcome.
Not very good.
Things will not always turn out the way you planned, especially, if you’re hanging out outside your comfort zone.
Be prepared for the unexpected to happen and keep a good attitude about it.
It’s important that you get your mindset on the right track before you push your normal.
6. FACE YOUR FEARS
Putting yourself out there and really going for it comes with a whole bunch of fear, insecurities, and anxiety. No wonder we don’t ever feel like pushing the familiar.
If you wish to have something you’ve never had before, you need to do something you’ve never done before.
Truth be told, you will never feel like doing something that is uncomfortable to you.
Remember that book? Feel the fear and do it anyway. This couldn’t be more fitting in this case.
Notice the fear, feel it, accept it and then politely throw it to the wolves.
Fear is only an emotion, which derives from your thoughts in which you have a 100% control over.
THIS IS GREAT NEWS!
Change your thoughts and you change your emotions.
However, I would like to point out that fear is an emotion that is likely to show up at your doorstep more than you’d like it to. And it can be tempting to close the door on it, but don’t.
If you react, resist or try to ignore the feeling of fear, it can blow up out of proportion, or worse, bubble at the surface and never completely go away.
Instead, accept, feel it and turn it away.
Note that you can only truly feel fear when you are in your comfort zone, thinking about what’s on the outside.
When you’re out, you’re out. But when you’re in, you’re imagining all the scary situations and worst cases on the outside.
Mindboggling, isn’t it?
7. A NEVER-ENDING CHALLENGE
I’ve got bad news (in a good way).
As you go through life, challenges will continue to greet you, no matter how amazingly well you now push your comfort zone.
Once you tackle one challenge, the next one will be on its way to you. That’s just life. And along your way, new goals appear that you never dared to dream about.
Life is amazing like that.
Keep stretching your comfort zone, even when you believe you are at your desired destination.
Continue to grow, evolve, learn and you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of.
Keep going. Crowd your way through your self-created boundaries.
If you do this, you are constantly making progress (even if you think you aren’t) and the results will show up in your life as achievements and you’ll feel AMAZING (yes, this is my favorite word).
BEFORE YOU GO
Let me know in the comments below, what you will do today to put yourself out there and move you closer to your dream life.
Major breakthroughs are waiting for you.
You got this!
Jump and take a leap! 🙂