Do you want to get out of your safe place but don’t know where to begin? Often, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they’re about fear. It’s much easier to remain within the boundaries of comfort than it is to face the fear of venturing beyond them into the unknown. But by limiting yourself to what you already know, you’re missing out on all the opportunities the Universe is throwing your way.
There’s an old saying ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’, which essentially means that if we don’t engage in new experiences, we don’t gain new perspectives. And this still holds true today. We’re here on earth to evolve, to continually grow.
So ask yourself, are you growing? If the answer is no, ask yourself why. You’re not growing because you refuse to get uncomfortable, because you won’t engage in new experiences or opportunities, and because you’re too stuck in your comfort zone. But don’t fear, there are ways to help you break free of comfort which we will share with you below - but first, you need to realise that to go from where you are to where you want to be, you must do things you’ve never done before. You must be willing and open to be uncomfortable because discomfort is the path to growth. It’s a journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to enrich your life and become your happiest, most purpose-driven self.
Are you ready to flourish? Here are some of the ways to break free of your comfort zone and enter your growth zone.
- Shake up your routine
There are ample opportunities to challenge yourself in your everyday life. Small changes are a great way to slowly but surely break out of old, comfortable routines. Turn off your phone and TV whilst having dinner, take a walk each morning before you start your day, repeat positive affirmations in the mirror after your shower, or read a book or practice a guided breathwork before bed.
- Expand your skillset
Growing your skillset will not only improve your creativity and self-confidence, but it will shift your perspective. Invest in books, dive deeper into your true you with self-discovery online courses, listen to podcasts - find something that sparks joy within you and dive whole-heartedly into exploring more. You’ll soon build resilience, personal satisfaction, and open up more opportunities than ever.
- Get creative
Creativity requires you to step into the unknown, to take a risk. Whether it’s writing a poem, painting, building a business, or creating your dream home, exercising creativity is a great way to train yourself to have a growth mindset and let go of a need for perfection from the outset.
- Be honest with yourself, always
We all make excuses from time to time. But being honest with yourself and confronting what is truly bothering you will increase your chance of moving forward. Next time you say to yourself “I don’t have time to do this right now”, be honest and say “I’m afraid to do this”.
- Identify the benefits
What will stepping out of your comfort zone help you achieve? What is it that you really want to do but you keep putting off because you’re scared of the potential outcome? Who will you be if you take that chance? Keep the benefits in mind as motivation to push through the fear.
- Don't fear failure
Many would rather do nothing than fail at their dreams. But failure is a teacher, it’s an opportunity to learn and to grow. What did you learn from the experience and what can you do better next time? Remember, many highly successful people have failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Growth isn’t a straight line - you need to embrace both the highs and the lows.
- Focus on the fun
Enjoy the process and the journey of discovering yourself and stepping outside of your boundaries. Uncovering what you enjoy, what sets your soul on fire, and who you really are is an incredibly enlightening experience - so have fun!
Remember, it may seem scary at first to step out of your comfort zone, but you can take it at your own pace - this isn’t a race. As you slowly push past your comfort zone, you’ll feel more at ease with taking on new opportunities. Take the first step, you’ve got this Queen!