4 Steps To Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Chloe Bucknell

FROM COMFORTABLE TO UNSTOPPABLE, LEARN HOW TO BREAK FREE FROM YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

Guest blog post by Laura, founder of Young Entrepreneurs of England.

The pursuit of your entrepreneur goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know what one of the biggest obstacles for most people trying to achieve their goals? A silent dream killer that stops you before getting started.

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It is a little something called the comfort zone. Getting stuck will slow and even stop any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve your goals, and reach new levels, you will have to break free from your comfort zone.

In this article we look at 4 steps on how you can come out of your comfort zone. Your life will change once you build up the courage to do this.

FIRSTLY, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COMFORT ZONE IS…

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

The goal in life is to continually challenge and improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have to move out of your comfort zone. Once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined.

The journey won’t be easy, and you may feel uncomfortable to begin with, however, it will all be worth it when you start seeing results.

1. PREP YOUR MIND FOR CHANGES

Stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t happen overnight, especially if you have been in your safe cocoon for years.

To help yourself out of your comfort zone, you can gradually introduce small changes to your daily life. They don’t have to be related to your goal but they will help you get used to something out of the ordinary. For example, you take the bus to work every day. You can get off a stop earlier and walk to the office instead. Once your mind is used to the “unexpected”, you are ready to take your first step out of your comfort zone.

2. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF WHEN YOU ARE STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. DON’T MAKE EXCUSES & REMEMBER WHY IT WILL BENEFIT YOU!

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say, “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

    3. SMALL STEPS

    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

    It’s said that the longest journey starts with a single step, and this is true. People may have a goal of running a marathon, but since that distance is so daunting, they don’t start.

    If you have a goal and break it down into doable segments, that you then start doing, your attitude will change. You’ll be able to think positively about this goal, because you are on the move toward it.

    4. GET COMFORTABLE WITH DISCOMFORT

    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

    BONUS: SEE FAILURE AS A TEACHER

    Failure is unavoidable when you are trying to do something new. Don’t feel defeated, disheartened or embarrassed about it, treat it as your teacher and make it your stepping-stone instead. Once you feel comfortable with challenges and failures, you will become unstoppable and your dream life will be within your reach.

    Young Entrepreneurs of England (YEOEngland) is on a mission to uncover and give the UK’s young talent a voice by creating the go-to platform to support and work with young entrepreneurs.

    I believe young people are more entrepreneurial than ever. More and more young people are wanting to start and grow their own businesses and we as a society should be doing all we can to ensure that hidden potential is fully realised, and that any external factors – be it family network, experience and funds, do not stop them. We should be empowering young people to take that first step in becoming an entrepreneur and giving them the space to do it.

    Laura Yeo

    Laura Yeo

    Founder of Young Entrepreneurs of England