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Difficulty in stepping out of our comfort zones

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 of our comfort zone and move into a personal growth zone.

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Tips to support leaving your comfort zone

  • 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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Ways to leave your comfort zone

  • 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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Understanding the comfort zone

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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The four zones of growth

  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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From comfort zone to the growth zone

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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Benefits of leaving the comfort zone

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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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."

ABRAHAM MASLOW

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Brian Tracy

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

BRIAN TRACY

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do one thing every day that scares you."

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Moving out of our comfort zone

The more challenging we find it to talk to strangers, the more we will grow in that area when we take action, and the easier it will become.

When we challenge ourselves and move out of our comfort zone, we experience personal growth.

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