Do What You Are Afraid To Do!
"The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do with success."
Kids do it all the time. They just do it because it looks funny and interesting. They challenge their body to do all kinds of things. It is really correct that children learn things much more quickly than adults.
But now you are an adult and we should learn and develop throughout our whole life, right? So there is no reason to stop now just because you feel that it should be easy and safe to live life. That is called staying in your comfort zone.
A comfort zone is a self-imposed boundary that a person will refuse to push past. Doing so often fills him or her with nervousness and anxiety.
Here are 7 steps to get out of your comfort zone
Only when you stop letting fears and anxiety hold you back, will you start to make those major breakthroughs in life.
Unfortunately, many people have problems with getting out of their comfort zones. They want to do more in life, but they're afraid to challenge themselves and push the envelope on what they think is safe.
Therefore we're going to talk about your comfort zone. Specifically, I'll give you seven steps you can use to push those self-created boundaries of what you think is possible.
It's really easy to fall into the trap of never pushing your comfort zone. The problem with this is it often prevents you from true success and happiness in life. That's because one of the best ways to grow is to test the limits of what most people consider "normal" to live the life you want.
Step 1: Get Information
Anxiety usually comes from a fear of the unknown. Usually, we imagine the worst-case scenario of what could happen when we push past the boundaries of what makes us feel safe.
To break through your comfort zone, you need to first educate yourself. Your goal here is to find out about whatever skill or activity you're pursuing. You'll talk to people who have done the same thing. You'll read books on the subject. And you'll check out articles on the Internet about this subject.
Information is power. And the more you know about something, the less scary and more powerful you'll feel.
Step 2: Have a Plan
After educating yourself, you want to create a plan of action for pushing the boundaries on what you think is possible.
With this step, you're going to write down a step-by-step blueprint for how you're going to get out of your comfort zone. You start with the easiest thing to do. Then you create a plan to get to each level.
In this plan, you need to create benchmarks. These are mini-goals that put you one step close to pushing past your comfort zone.
Furthermore, it's important to identify the key challenges you're going to face and what you'll do to overcome them.
Step 3: Hold Yourself Accountable
Accountability is another key to breaking through your comfort zone. You want to tell your partner, friends, and family about what you're trying to do. You can also do it just for yourself. But having others with you in your plan can be a very important step because the people in your life will keep you on track. You want them to give you that "push" as you're pushing your boundaries. They will make it hard for you to quit because you know you'll look foolish if you did.
Step 4: Take Baby Steps
Breaking out of your comfort zone starts with the first step. Once you have a plan in place you'll simply start with that crucial initial action.
Taking "baby steps" is a great way to desensitise yourself to the feelings of anxiety. You're not trying to become an overnight success. Instead, you're steadily pushing the boundaries of your comfort levels and working towards an overall goal.
Step 5: Aggressively Challenge Your Comfort Zone
To really blast through your comfort zone, you would do what I call an "aggressive challenge." This is a rapid-fire approach where do a lot of something that makes you scared. The idea here is you're shocking the system into becoming comfortable.
You won't have time to think about your fear. Instead, you'll be so busy pushing your boundaries that you forget about what used to make you scared.
"You don't think during this process. You just do it."
Step 6: Remain Positive
There will be times when you experience a negative outcome. Something that shakes your confidence and makes you feel scared. The trick is to not let anything prevent you from blasting past the point of comfort.
Recognise that you will have negative outcomes. It's a natural part of the process.
Don't allow negativity to creep into your mind. Remind yourself that it's going to happen. In fact, you should recognise that you're actually being given feedback about how you can do something better.
"Never stop expanding your comfort zone. Even if you arrive at your stated goal it's important to keep pushing those boundaries."
Step 7: Keep Expanding Your Comfort Zone
Never stop expanding your comfort zone. Even if you arrive at your stated goal it's important to keep pushing those boundaries.
Look for new challenges. Find stuff that you would never imagine you would do. Like teaching a class on the subject that once filled you with fear. Or you could work on a related skill.
How Do YOU Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?
Breaking out of your comfort zone gives you more opportunities in life. Don't let anxiety prevent you from doing what you truly want. Attack your fears and push the boundaries of what makes feel comfortable.
The truth is you might actually learn to like what you're doing.