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This is the #1 question I get asked…
How do I step outside of my comfort zone?
Honestly when a person ask me this question I really don’t know how to answer it the way I should.
See, I had a very strict dad who didn’t allow me to be comfortable with being comfortable.
He often pushed me to do things that scared the hell out of me (excuse my language).
And every time I did something that scared me – I soon realized that it wasn’t that bad. Actually it turned out to be the best thing for me.
So.. when someone ask me “How do I step outside my comfort zone?”
All I hear is my dad saying “Just do it ! Stop wasting my time with this mess! You know you can do this. So go do it now!”
I know you’re not like me. And you might need a little more help.
That’s why I’ve pull together:
15 Insane Tips To Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
The great philosopher and lifestyle coach T. Harv Ecker said,
“Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills!”
Why is stepping outside of your comfort zone so important for achieving everything you want in life, and why is it so hard?
The level of risk in your life directly relates to your possible rewards, but human beings are actually hard-wired for comfort and low risk.
Your comfort zone is defined as “a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk.”
As hard as it may be, try practicing a few of these 21 ways to step outside of your comfort zone daily, and watch your dreams and lofty goals turn into rewarding realities.
1) Understand the Parameters of Your Personal Comfort Zone
Define the shape and size of your comfort zone, and then aim for taking action just outside.
Your brain is supercharged when it is presented with situations it has not encountered before, or realities which it finds risky and new.
This is where wonderful thoughts and ideas can be harnessed to put you on a direct path with your desired destiny.
2) Realize That Existing in Your Comfort Zone is Holding You Back
Countless scientific studies have shown that simply being content with current comfort slows down your brain wave activity, and actually will make you less aware of potentially life-changing positive opportunities.
Mild discomfort causes action on your part, as your brain becomes more active and you begin to become more aware of your surroundings.
3) Never Be Scared to Make a Fool of Yourself
We much too often worry about what other people think.
You want to know a big secret that few human beings ever comprehend?
Only a very few people care about how you look, and whether you stumble or succeed.
And the few friends and family members who do care about your well-being will always support you when you make a mistake,
Acting crazy and foolish from time to time could get you one step closer to those things that you desire the most.
4) Live in the “Now” Moments Life Offers
Planning is great, and is certainly required for any true success.
But over-planning can sometimes keep you from living in the present moment.
Embrace what is going on around you, keeping your eyes open for beauty, inspiration and challenges.
By living in the “Now” you spontaneously get your conscious brain working to adapting and enjoying events and circumstances that are presently unfolding, and are sometimes out of your control.
Appreciate the present, because the past is gone, and your future is not guaranteed.
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5) Ask Yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
This one tip a lone – helped me overcome my biggest fear.
Answer yourself, being extremely honest.
Human beings have taken control of the planet because of incredible survival instincts.
One of those instincts is to avoid risk.
Because of this, our brain often gets us to imagine that potential negative results from our actions are going to be cataclysmic.
But really, what is the worst that can happen if you fail at an endeavor?
You should instead ask yourself what is the best that can happen if you step outside of your comfort zone.
6) Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (this is a big one)
There are billions of people alive at this very moment.
To even consider comparing yourself to anyone else, or to the achievements they have made, is incredibly limiting.
You are a unique individual that is capable of incredible things.
And when you stop comparing yourself to others, and begin to move outside of your comfort zone, you will be amazed at what you find is possible after you rid yourself of pointless and self-limiting comparisons.
7) Take Small, Slow Steps Into Uncomfortable Territory
Maximum achievement is realized when you step just outside of their comfort zone.
This is because you still feel like you have almost total control over your situation, while still allowing for unknown and uncomfortable situations and opportunities to push you towards unique and as yet unachieved outcomes, realities and rewards.
And over time, these small, tentative steps out of your comfort zone will see you miles away from your past life, existing in a world which realizes your goals and dreams.
8) Celebrate Small Wins
Those exciting new victories we just referred to should be celebrated at every level.
There is an old southern saying that, “You catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar.”
Instead of beating yourself up when you …