Fear shouldn’t stop you from accomplishing whatever you want out of life, but, unfortunately, it often does as many individuals feel overwhelmed about stepping out of their comfort zone.
However, it doesn’t have to be a scary prospect; neither does it have to be a huge and daring leap into the unknown. Sometimes, even just dipping a toe out of your comfort zone can make a world of difference and is a crucial step in the right direction.
Here are three tips for challenging that fear.
- Give Solo Travelling a Go
There’s nothing quite like travelling alone for pushing you out of your comfort zone, and for a lot of people, this is the peak of fear in terms of new experiences, especially because you have nobody else to depend on. However, this is precisely why it’s the perfect opportunity to enrich your life and build your confidence: you’re forced to think on your feet, think for yourself and plan your own adventure.
You don’t have to throw yourself in entirely at the deep end and plan a solo backpacking trip across the world. Even a weekend away in your own country by yourself counts as a solo travel experience!
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- Say Yes When You Would Typically Say No
When wrapped up in your usual routine, it’s easy to continually deny offers and experiences you usually say no to, and stick with what you know best. However, in order to get out of your comfortable routine, you have to start accepting new experiences.
This doesn’t have to be overly demanding. It can be once a week, or even once a month, endeavour where you force yourself to say yes to at least one thing you wouldn’t usually agree to. Maybe it’s a restaurant you’ve always been avoiding, or a social occasion coming up that you’ve been planning to decline.
There’s always the chance it might become your new favourite thing, and you wonder why you never tried it sooner.
What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t enjoy it, so you, therefore, are free to say no next time – but at least you tried something new and are richer for the experience.
- Make a List of Goals
Compile a list of all the important goals you wish to achieve in your life, whether these are daily goals, long-term goals, career-related goals, or self-improved. Then, formulate a clear method for how precisely you can achieve these goals. If the only way to achieve your goals is to step out of your comfort zone and do something completely different from what you have already been doing, then you should now be more willing to tackle your fears in order to achieve everything you want.
Being complacent and not being entirely sure how to achieve your goals – or even what they are – means you risk continually say no to valuable opportunities.
Stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be a sprint; take baby steps to move closer to how you want your life to be.