Everyone has their comfort zone. Staying in our comfort zone makes us feel safe. However, if you stay there all the time, you won't grow and develop as a person. Being stuck inside their comfort zone prevents people from experiencing new exciting things, makes them bored and self-conscious. Here are tips for pushing your boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Tip #1. Get clear about your goals. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not a goal, it's a way to achieve your goals. You need motivation in order to make a step. Making your goals clear will encourage you to take risks. Don't be afraid to dream!
Tip #2. Remember that failure is better than uncertainty. The worst thing that can happen when you take a risk and try something new is failure. And it is okay, because to err is human, after all. A failed attempt is a source of experience. It is better to take a risk and fail than to stay in your comfort zone and keep wondering what would happen if you tried.
Tip#3. Minimize risks. Of course, there are things that we can't control. But this doesn't mean that we can control nothing. Before taking risks, you need to find out the worst case scenarios and think of ways to prevent them. There always are some ways to reduce the risk. Besides, you need to have a plan in case something doesn't go as expected.
Tip #4. Take baby steps. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is scary. Starting with small steps will make it much easier. Try anything new, even if it's not adventurous at all. For example, you start every day with a cup of drip coffee on your way to work. Try a caramel latte instead! Maybe you will like it, maybe you won't. The point is that you've tried something new without taking too much risk. And it wasn't scary, was it?
Tip #5. Meet new people. We are sure you have a group of friends. You've known each other for ages, you hang out together all the time, you support each other in tough situations. These friends are part of your comfort zone. If you want to push your boundaries, you need to meet new people. We aren't saying that you should abandon your old friends and make new ones instead. You probably won't even become friends with most people you meet, but it doesn't mean that the experience is not worth it.
Tip #6. Never stop. Stepping out of your comfort zone in fact gradually expands it. Things that used to seem scary become routine. You need to keep pushing your boundaries in order to grow. The first few steps are the hardest, but once you make them, you'll find out that each new step is easier than the previous one. So keep going!
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