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Becoming is better than being. The fixed mindset does not allow people the luxury of becoming. They have to already be.
My comfort zone is like a little bubble around me, and I’ve pushed it in different directions and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fall within the realm of the possible.
“The comfort zone is a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.” - Judith Bardwick in her 1991 wor...
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Occupying the comfort zone isn’t always detrimental. For example, it might be reasonable to stay in your ukulele-playing comfort zone but not your managing-personal-finances one.
The point is to identify bottlenecks: areas of life where being too comfortable does more harm than good...
It’s okay to take small, methodical steps, as well as larger, bolder ones.
Leaving behind the comfort zone doesn’t mean recklessly throwing caution to the wind. Every step forward is progress.
In everyday life, there are ample opportunities to challenge yourself.
Creativity – anything from writing a poem to building a business – usually involves an element of risk.
Creative endeavors are about stepping into the unknown, with failing and subsequent learning as expected outcomes.
Exercising creativity is a good way to train...
While exploring alternative perspectives can be uncomfortable, it enables growth and insight by challenging entrenched beliefs.
This might take several forms, such as reading varied book genres, diversifying who you talk to, and visiting new places.
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Do one thing every day that scares you.
You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
In 1907, Robert Yerkes and John Dodson conducted one of the first experiments that illuminated a link between anxiety and performance.
“What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization.”
The level of effort you tolerate from yourself will define your life.
All growth starts at the end of your comfort zone.
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.
This is true not just for more tangible types of performance such as being given a stressful new task at work, but also in many life areas such as understanding ourselves, relating to others, and so on.
The core idea is that our nervous systems have a Goldilocks zon...
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s (2008) work on mindsets marked a paradigm shift in the field of positive psychology.
When leaving the comfort zone, fear doesn’t always equate to being in the panic zone. As the above diagram shows, fear can be a necessary step en route to the learning and growth zones.
A habit of expanding our comfort zone equips people to handle change and ambiguity with more poise, leading to resilience.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Many people want to improve their diets and stop relying on ‘comfort foods.’ Doing so often means trying something new.
Sticking to a healthy diet can be as challenging as it is rewarding, with self-efficacy growing as you hit milestone goals along the way.
Similarly, many aspire to this goal. For some, it can mean running their first 5K, but for others, it might be completing a triathlon.
Aiming high with exercise is emblematic of leaving the comfort zone and a great way to get the ball rolling.
Physiologically, there’s no difference between anxiety and excitement (Smith, Bradley, & Lang, 2005).
Both entail a ‘stress response,’ but whether they’re perceived as positive or negative is a matter of labeling.
Society tends to conceptualize all stress as...
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A character’s adventure has the promise of reward at the end, but also of danger. There is the fear of the unknown and the hero often tries to shy away from facing the challenge.
What this means for you: if you don’t face your fears and tackle your challenges you can’t better your life.
Everyone has a time of day when they’re most productive.
Find your most productive hours of the day, and make the most of them. Once you have, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
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