We have heard a lot about getting out of our comfort zone. But have you ever thought about why you should?
Comfort zones offer us familiarity and feel good to us. It is certainly easier at times to stay in a comfort zone than try something new.
Stepping into the unknown is frightening, the place just beyond where we can see the outcome of doing it. That is the part that makes our hearts pump faster, make us break out into a cold sweat and yet, we crave to see what is there.
Staying in our comfort zone keeps us from stepping into that unknown. It keeps us secure and safe. Your comfort zone is the basis of your life now. It is how you define who and what you currently are.
So why would you feel compelled to even want to get out of your comfort zone?
Moving out of your comfort zone is the key to your personal growth and happiness.
"If we are not a little bit uncomfortable every day, we’re not growing. All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone." Jack Canfield
When it comes to nutrition moving away from restrictions, diets and unhelpful foods can feel daunting and intimidating.
We can feel nervous and still move forward by recognising that this response is normal.
Stepping out of that zone helps you build up your self-confidence and the way you view yourself.
Is being in a comfort zone holding you back from living a fulfilled life and trying something new?
The answer is yes. It is keeping you from realizing and achieving what you desire. Staying safely within your boundary keeps you from being challenged and does not allow you to rise to new occasions.
Here are 3 ways of staying in your comfort zone is holding you back.
Your comfort zone is keeping you from growing personally.
When you are afraid of something, you stay away from situations that would put you in a position of overcoming obstacles or facing your fears.
You comfort zone is keeping you from being happy.
Maybe you struggle with low self-confidence and self-esteem. These problems can grow unless you take steps to begin addressing them. If you are not confident in your abilities, you tend to stay safe instead of trying something new, making you feel less competent.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone helps you build confidence in yourself and when you feel confident and good about yourself, you are happier.
Staying in your comfort zone can make you feel trapped and unhealthy.
Often by doing the same thing we are kept in the cycle of repeating poor habits.
You may want to be more active, have more energy, have fewer aches and pains or even ask for help to lose weight - but to do any of these things means doing something that is outside what you perceive to be your comfort zone.
It is easy to procrastinate and make excuses for why you cannot.
You are too out of shape. You do not have time. You are too old.
But the real reason is that you are afraid to move out of your safe space and begin by taking the first step. As a result, you continue to eat unhealthily, gain weight, lose muscle tone and put your dreams on the back burner until eventually, your health becomes a problem.
When we keep ourselves ‘safe’, we are holding ourselves back from living a life we love, from being happy and from growing. We end up letting our fears rule and settle for mediocrity.
Each time you take a step outside of your comfort zone and take on a new challenge that you overcome, you gain a new behaviour that you can add to your skillset making it easier to achieve your aspirations.
By being clear on what you are aiming for you can move into a place where you make lasting change for a healthier life.
"It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform." - Roy T. Bennett