Stepping outside of your Comfort Zone

Stepping outside of your Comfort Zone

A comfort zone is commonly known as an area where we feel most comfortable. www.roystonguest.com/blog provides an exercise which asks us to draw a circle with everything we have in our lives inside; this includes finances, relationships, personal items etc. It then asks us to write everything we do not have but desire outside of the circle. The main aim of the exercise is to show that in order to get to our desirable goals it is necessary to step out of our circle.

Though it is generally nice to feel at ease and not have to go through stress, anxiety, or extra emotions of embarking on a new challenge; the pros of stepping outside of your comfort zone vastly out way the cons.

Tips on stepping outside of your comfort zone

  1. Change your mind frame – instead of thinking of what will go wrong, try putting your focus and energy into all of the things which can go right. Grab your journal and make a list of all the things you hope to achieve, and the benefits which come with stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  2. Start small – a couple of years ago I did a lipstick challenge for an old blog. The challenge consisted of me wearing 5 different bold colours of lipstick every day. This was a fun yet simple way of me stepping outside of my comfort zone in regards to my appearance. Why not try something small daily. We wrote an article on standout looks which may help to give you a few ideas.
  3. Be assertive – for natural introverts expressing wants and needs confidently can be more than a challenge.  Voicing an opinion in areas of our lives where we have typically shied away from is not only a skill which will take us outside of our comfort zones, but it is also a massive  confidence booster, and helps us to gain  deeper insight to our values, boundaries, and sense of self.
  4. Learn something new – obtaining a new skill can be a great confidence boost as mentioned both personally and professionally. It’s always good to exercise our minds and expand on internal information. This can be anything from a new language, a sport, activity, or even general knowledge. Why not sign up to webinars, or training classes and challenge yourself to learning something new every month!
  5. Recognise you’re negative behaviour and thought patterns – a lot of the time when we encourage and engage in activities that are detrimental to our true selves we often get frustrated when we don’t get the results we want. When this happens continuously it goes deeper than just naively making the same mistakes and expecting a different outcome. In most cases we harbour subconscious thoughts about ourselves and our values leading to negative thought patterns which are further reinforced and expressed through our actions.

 

Breaking away from these can be hard, however acknowledging traits which make us feel uneasy and cause disruption to our spirits is the best way to start!

Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a very personal experience and doesn’t always have to be conducted in the form of an outrageous bucket list. To maximise on the potential growth it is always good to focus on both internal and external aspects. Our tips consist of activities which utilise mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical elements of everyday experiences. Find out more about this in our finding balance article.

Which ways do you plan on stepping out of your comfort zones?

By | 2018-01-28T21:55:02+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Lifestyle|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Kendro 18th February 2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    My whole life perspective is now being based off of “stepping outside my comfort zone”! It’s the only way to grow and expand your horizons. Thanks for these tips, I’m going to continue to use them in my everyday life!

    Kendro

  2. Jessica Hugo 11th February 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Great post I must say, I agree with the point “start small”. Just start! It’s quite challenging though, starting is the hard part but if you do, you have conquered all of your fears.

    • jasmine 11th February 2018 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessica 🙂

  3. Tanya 11th February 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I love this. I’ve been trying to do this. I started when I created my blog but I have plenty more work to do for example I wanna start doing Insta videos or videos for my blog but for some reason I’m not comfortable showing myself. so I decided I would start taking more selfies to get myself more comfortable. I’m still working on it but I’m gonna use this post as a reference.

    • jasmine 11th February 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Hey Tanya, I’m also the same at not feeling comfy showing myself!! Taking more selfies is a great idea, I might use that too. Also you can maybe do short snap chat vids, or wats app vids of yourself – as those arent shared on the net might be good place to start 🙂 Thanks for your comment

  4. Tisha 4th February 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    LOVE this! I like the example you gave about lipsticks! I always say to start small but I’ve never really thought this ‘small’. This has definitely given me a lot to think about on this train journey lol. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rikki 4th February 2018 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Recognizing your negative behavior and thought patterns may be the hardest one for some! It’s reallt hard to recognize that itbis something in you holding you back from your dreams and desires. I struggled with both that and not thinkin about the negative possibilities. I spent a long time on affirmations and motovational Ted Talk videos! But it really does make a phenomenal difference!

  6. Bernie 4th February 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    For a past few years stepping out of my comfort zone was my main goal & I agree with all your point espicially the second one, it aloud me to slowly but surely feel more comfortable with myself & my ideas. It’s actually what got me into blogging. I hope this inspires others to do the same!

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