Why You Should Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Do you know where your comfort zone is? You should. Otherwise, you might never step outside of it. Spending time outside of your comfort zone is hard, but in the long run it will lead you to be a better ¾ and happier ¾ person.

Have you ever experienced a moment where you felt like you could step forward and do something extraordinary, but your fear of failure held you back? Maybe you had the perfect opening to ask out your crush. Maybe a friend just received some awful news and needs to hear something special as consolation. One of the worst feelings in the world is noticing an opportunity to do something meaningful but letting it pass.

How can you prepare for these moments? Spend time outside your comfort zone as often as possible. Whether this means studying a subject you’ve never been good at or speaking in front of a crowd, you can condition your brain to “get used to” those feelings of anxiety. By facing up to all your irrational fears head on, over and over, your subconscious will begin to recognize that there’s nothing to fear ¾ even if things don’t go your way.

Sometimes they won’t. Failure is an important part of life, and it takes courage. If you fail at something, that’s okay! It means you tried. An honest effort that fails is always better than not giving any effort at all. Although it’s painful because you may disappoint someone or embarrass yourself, it’s not the end of the world. Whatever the negative effects of your attempt, you’ll find a way to deal with them, and you’ll be stronger for it.

Then, the next time you find yourself within one of those moments of opportunity, the discomfort of anxiety won’t paralyze you. It will trigger action! The fear of failure won’t bolt your feet to the ground. Instead, you’ll approach your crush about a date, or try to supply just the right words to your friend in need. It might not go the way you want it to, but that will feel better than missing your chance.

Remember, practice makes perfect. As you push yourself to attempt things you’re uncertain about, you’ll slowly get better and better at them. One day you’ll find that you have no anxiety at all because there’s no possibility that you’ll make a mistake! What was once well outside the boundary of your comfort zone, is now firmly inside it. When you notice this, you know what to do: try something new and push yourself back outside the boundary!