Nothing good ever comes from staying in your comfort zone. If you want to grow as a person and experience success you must do things that make you uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll stay stuck and end up in a rut. We must fight the urge to play it safe and stay on the sidelines. Life will pass us by if we do. Get out of your comfort zone and do what is necessary to live the life you know you deserve. Here are 5 simple hacks that will help.
Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind With These Strategies
1. Do Something That Scares You Every Day
The best way to get out of your comfort zone is to do something you find scary every day. This doesn’t necessarily mean going bungy jumping or doing something extreme, but there are small ways to put yourself out there. For instance, if talking to others makes you uncomfortable, but you want to be more sociable, then start saying, “Hi, how are you today?” to strangers. It can be to people you pass in the hallway at work, in the grocery store, or on the street. Think about what you want to improve or attain and think of ways you can put yourself out there little by little to achieve it.
2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone By Failing on Purpose
The most successful people who have ever lived have failed more times than anyone else. They have succeeded because, despite these failures, they were able to pick themselves up and keep going. Most people stay in their comfort zone because they fear failure. They can’t stomach the fact that they may fall flat on their face or even be humiliated. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to be comfortable failing. So fail on purpose. Join a contest or do something where the odds are stacked against you. Not only will you learn from your failure but you’ll become more efficient at brushing it off and moving forward.
3. Change Your Routines
Our daily routines are a result of habit and comfort. Everything we do and how we do it on a daily basis moves us towards comfort. You get up at the same time every day, you get coffee from the same place, you drive to work the same route, etc. You can push yourself out of your comfort zone just by changing up your routines. Drive a different way to work, get up a half-hour earlier, eat lunch with someone else, etc.
4. Let Go of Control
If you are used to making all the decisions in your life, try letting someone else drive for a bit. Let someone at work make the final decision, let your spouse choose the meal plan for the week, or let someone else decide where you go on vacation. Most people stay in their comfort zone quite easily because they control every aspect of their day-to-day. If you have a hard time letting go of control, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to get out of your comfort zone. Let someone else run the show sometimes.
5. Say Yes To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
If there are things that you normally say no to because it would make you feel uncomfortable otherwise, start saying yes. Go join your coworkers for happy hour, host a get-together at your home, go try out for the local play, volunteer to give the weekly briefing at work, for example. Start saying yes to things that you normally stay away from.
Get out of your comfort zone today starting with these simple hacks. Do something that scares you every day, fail on purpose, and change your routines. You can also let go of control, and start saying yes more often.
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