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Break Out Of The Comfort Zone With These 16 Exercises

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1. Take Two New Actions Every Day

If you take two small, simple, baby-step actions on something you have been sitting on for too long, you will get you in the habit of living intentionally, which will put you on a forward-moving path.

Before you know it, you will become an action-taker, and stepping out of your comfort zone...

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2. Visualize Best- And Worst-Case Scenarios

A simple trick to exit the comfort zone is to ask yourself what is the best thing that could happen when stepping out of your comfort zone? Visualize it and try to make it real. Then, what is the worst thing that could happen? Choose a likely scenario, and focus on it. Finally, put it together.

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3. Use Reverse Engineering

When you use reverse engineering, you focus on your reward. So when you want to exit the comfort zone, give yourself a reward for taking action. Then, define why the step is valuable.

For example, why don't you try to become “sillier” as a leadership trait and for your culture, so to become...

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4. Try your Top Goals

One effective way of manifesting your wishes is to live them, so you can imagine yourself at a higher level, achieving them.

So challenge yourself to go visit an open house at your ideal home or book a test drive on your dream car.

Leave your comfort zone behind! Your dream life is re...

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5. Practice the "Fast" Quality

One of the reasons your remain in your comfort zone is that you overthink, overanalyze and overcomplicate. 

But you can combat that by practicing fast decisions. So next time you sit down to order a meal, or play the “what to watch on Netflix” game, give yourself two minutes to make a decis...

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6. Lean Into Uncertainty

There is no substitute for persistent practice to develop new habits and skills. And the same goes for learning to embrace the ambiguity and messiness of life.

No one likes uncertainty, but you can learn to lean into the darkness. You can develop your personal confidence in your own ability...

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7. Get ‘Grounded’ First

To get “grounded” is an effective way to tap into your courage and step into new desired behaviors. It has been proven that mindful breathing (six breaths in 30 seconds) reduces stress and anxiety and increases focus and creativity.

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8. Use A Service Mindset

You should see every encounter through the lens of serving others as your customer. It doesn't matter if they are a potential client, a colleague, an internal peer or a direct report, how can you be of service to them?

“Seeing” others in this way takes the focus off of you, and it can activ...

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9. Change your Perspective

A mental trick you could adopt to exit the comfort zone is to change your perspective. Learn to be crystal clear on what you want to achieve, and then search your mind for beliefs that are getting in the way of your success. Then, challenge those beliefs to reshape your view of your own potential...

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10. Challenge Your Thinking

Sometimes your thinking can be irrational or illogical. When you feel anxious and burned up about something that might happen, ask yourself, “How do I know?”

Answering this question makes you expose false assumptions and reduces your vulnerability to assign intention to things that others d...

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11. Be Curious of the New

The core of the comfort zone stays in the familiarity you have with your environment.

Try approaching new concepts and experiences using one of the seven pillars of mindfulness: the curiosity of a child’s mind. What was once new, unknown and perhaps even “scary” is now familiar. As children...

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12. Use the ‘9-6-3’ Strategy

The "9-6-3” strategy is an effective exercise to step out of your comfort zone right away. It is natural for each one of us to find our pocket of brilliance and stay there. To break that, you should find nine people on your team to whom you can contribute, six you can turn to for support, and thr...

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13. Start with Pleasure

When you plan on exiting the comfort zone, you should start where you already find a lot of pleasure. Do you love to cook, read or watch movies? Find one activity that you already love and spice it up by doing something different. If you like to exercise, instead of taking that walk to the park, ...

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14. Envision Yourself as Someone Else

To step out of your comfort zone, you can try to flip the script and envision yourself as someone else. It can be a friend, a colleague or anyone who impacted your actions. Envision their life, experience, perception and potential response. Think about what you would say to a friend who was in yo...

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15. Set Goals That Stretch You

If you don’t love networking, you should definitely go to a networking event with a goal of meeting five new people. Do you struggle with building your brand online? Commit to posting one thing on LinkedIn each day for five days. Setting a specific and achievable goal makes it easier to break out...

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16. Change One Thing Every Day

If you change one thing about your routine every day, you will always remain out of your comfort zone.

Take another route to your office, for example; or change your morning routine by going for a walk before having your coffee, instead of drinking your coffee first thing while listening to...

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