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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 it's like to leave the comfort zone in at least one area of life. One can usually gain plenty of insights from that experience.

Moving from the comfort zone to a growth zone will have peaks, troughs, and plateaus. Understanding the steps can help to tolerate uncertainty.

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Aside from increasing performance, less-direct benefits include:

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

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).

  • 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:

  • 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...

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

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