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How to Leave your Comfort Zone and Enter your ‘Growth Zone’

positivepsychology.com

Difficulty in stepping out of our comfort zones

Stepping out of our comfort zone to grab hold of opportunities can be difficult.

Sometimes we are not aware of reasons to do so. However, most of the time, our frame of mind is holding us back. Understanding the shifts in thinking can help us step outside ...

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The Yerkes–Dodson Law (1907) linked anxiety to performance. In response to anxiety-provoking stimuli, the options are either fight (meet the challenge), flight (run away/hide), or freeze (become paralyzed).

When we have

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  1. Comfort zone
  2. Fear zone
  3. Learning zone
  4. Growth zone

Fear is a necessary step to the learning and growth zones. It takes courage to step from the comfort zone into the fear zone and can be anxiety-provoking. But persever...

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Moving into the growth zone becomes harder without some level of self-awareness.

  • Everyone's zones vary in size. To leave your comfort zone, you must appreciate its outer limits.
  • What are your strengths? Most people know what...

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Aside from increasing performance, less-direct benefits include:

  • Self-actualisation: Reaching one's full potential.
  • Developing a growth mindset: Setbacks become opportunities for learning.
  • Resilience and ant...

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  • Reframe stress: Physiologically, anxiety and excitement both entail the same "stress response." Stress can be negative or positive (eustress). When we reframe the stimuli as exciting, it can help us out of the comfort zone.
  • Understand neuroplasticity:

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  • Break out of old, comfortable routines by doing some things differently. For example, turn off your smartphone while having dinner.
  • Expand your professional skillset.
  • Try a new diet.
  • Take workouts to the n...

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Brian Tracy

"You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do one thing every day that scares you."

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Abraham Maslow

"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."

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