The Quickest Guide to Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

life begins at the end of your comfort zone

The comfort zone feels good.

There you’re safe, nothing new ever happens, you’re living by someone else’s standards, and do stuff that won’t get you in any trouble (or anywhere, at all).

But is that what life is all about?
I don’t think so.

Life has so much more to offer. And the only way to fully experience it and unleash our potential is to break free from the comfort zone.

Here’s how:

5 ways to step out of your comfort zone

1. Try new things.

New is always good when it comes to personal development.

It means you’re doing something, expanding your horizons, trying stuff. And even if it doesn’t work out, you move on stronger, with more experience and knowledge, and a new angle on what to do next time.

2. Take risks.

Take opportunities that have no sure outcome.

You may lose money, sometimes ruin a relationship, lose something you have, or disappoint someone. But most of the times, all this is better than not taking any action at all.

3. Do what scares you.

The simplest and most powerful way to face your fears and grow is to do exactly what you’re afraid of.

Go to that person, say ‘yes’ to that opportunity, speak in public, watch scary movies, quit your job, say what you think, share your creative work with others, start a new business, invest, etc.

All these fears are irrational, which makes them pointless. They can only become more if you don’t take control. But once you do, there won’t be any barriers between you and the life you’ve been dreaming about.

4. Challenge yourself.

The best way to achieve more, deal with failure and keep going is to learn how to challenge yourself.

Whenever you feel like giving up when doing an exercise at the gym, do a few more reps. It’s physically possible, the only thing you need to overcome is your mind.

When you can’t write anymore, keep doing it for 10 more minutes.

If you need to be up at 7, do it at 6. And so on.

Over time this will build your character and increase your willpower.

5. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

We get too comfortable with our life and tend to avoid everything that requires even a little effort or us doing something that takes courage.

Tim Ferriss says that ‘A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.’

And I can’t agree more.

So go out there and speak with people you think are superior to you. Wear clothes you like but know others won’t approve. Go to the cinema alone. Or to a nice restaurant.

If you start doing these 5 things daily and make a habit of them, you’ll achieve much more.

Actually, your current level will become the lowest point of your life. And you’ll be feeling more and more alive day after day, will amaze others, grow strong and confident, and everyone will want to be around you.

The truth is that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. And if you haven’t really been out there, you haven’t truly lived.

How do you feel about the comfort zone?
Is it scary out there?
And what are you willing to do in order to break free?

See also:

The science of breaking out of your comfort zone
The ‘do something’ principle
Discomfort zone: how to master the universe

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Signs You’re Stuck in a Rut (and How to Get Out)

signs you're stuck in a rut and what to do about it

Life has its ups and downs for all of us, but sometimes those downs creep up and take hold without us noticing. All of a sudden we look around and realize that we’ve found ourselves stuck deep in a rut. If you don’t know you’re in a rut, it can be very difficult to get out and this can lead to lasting negative effects on your health and happiness.

So how do you know when you’re in a rut?

And, more importantly, what can you do to get back on track?

One of the biggest red flags that demonstrate that you might be drifting listlessly through your own life is that you spend most of it daydreaming of being somewhere else.

It’s perfectly normal to spend some time in the office wishing you were lying on a beach instead, but if this is a permanent state of affairs, it’s a sign that you’re dangerously bored. Try adding some spontaneity into your life to liven things up a bit, at least until that next vacation.

If you don’t have an exotic location to jet off to, you need to make sure you still have some things to look forward to. If the only thing you have any anticipation for is getting into bed at the end of every day, then you’re definitely in a rut and need to start finding enjoyment in the little things in life, appreciating all of the things that come in between waking up and going back to bed again.

Social media is a great tool for lots of things in our lives. But it can also have a very damaging effect on your mental health because it’s easy to be fooled by the edited highlights of their lives people put on there. This can leave you feeling envious because the day to day reality of your life doesn’t look like what you assume everyone’s life is, so stop obsessing over other people and shift your focus back to yourself.

Doing this shouldn’t come at the expense of actually ever seeing other people or doing anything, of course. So if you’re finding that you are spending all of your time at home rather than getting out and seeing friends, or claiming that you don’t have time to do anything (when the reality is quite the opposite), these are all also signs that you need to think hard about changing your habits.

Nobody ever wants to get stuck in a rut, but in a world where work-life balances are getting ever more hard to maintain and technology is eating into face to face interactions, it’s easy to find yourself wondering where your life went. These tips from NetCredit will help you identify whether you are living yours in a rut and will help you start to find your way out again.

More tips on how to get unstuck:

How to Get Your Motivation Back
How to Boost Your Energy and Vitality for a Successful Life
How to Embrace Acceptance in Life
How to Deal with Indecisiveness