Going Outside Of Your Comfort Zone & Taking Risks
Do you feel like you’re trapped in your safety net or snuggled up in your safe cocoon but are keen to do something different and take a leap of faith? The truth is that the most challenging part is always taking the first step. It’s far easier to stay within the boundaries of a place where you feel safe and comfortable rather than taking a step of faith and moving out of your comfort zone and venturing beyond your own restrictions.
The truth is that by limiting yourself to live your life within a set of pre-defined rules, you are limiting your life and you’re going to miss out on a range of opportunities to expand your life and experience enhanced personal growth. The good news is that stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t have to seem completely undoable – pushing your limits can be far easier to do than you might think.
Yes, the process of taking a step outside of the zone where you feel comfortable and content might seem daunting but the fact is that it doesn’t have to be. With the right approach and the right understanding of the many benefits of taking a leap of faith and stepping outside of your comfort zone, you can make the process a little bit easier and less stressful for yourself.
Wondering what steps you can take to make the process of going outside of your comfort zone and taking more calculated risks in life a little easier? Below we have put together a handy guide to some of the ways in which you can make coping easier and taking these steps more achievable. Read on for everything that you need to know about moving outside of your comfort zone.
Take the first step
The first step is always going to be the most difficult one to take. Think of it like this; the first day in any new environment, be it the first day starting at a new job or working at a gym, is always going to be the worst and most nerve-wracking day. That first step is always going to be the most challenging to take, but once you’ve taken it, you will find that your confidence and momentum steadily grows. You will find that stepping outside of your comfort zone becomes far easier after that. It’s just a case of being brave enough to actually take that first step, that’s all.
Move into a new environment
When it comes to taking steps to move outside of your comfort zone, it’s important that you take the process slowly and steadily. You want to start out with some small changes that don’t really present a true threat, such as going to eat at a new restaurant that you normally would never eat at. The concept behind this step is to place yourself in a new position, somewhere that you would never normally go. This step into a new environment will help to train your mind to become more comfortable with taking new steps. It will take time for you to adjust and to learn to love moving into new places, but over time you will begin to feel more comfortable going to new places and doing new things.
Calculate the associated risk
If you are feeling nervous or worried about trying something new it can help to take steps to calculate the associated risk that comes with the activity that you’re considering taking. You might find that for this, using a probability calculator that can help you to determine risk, could be a useful step to take. Working out the probability of something might help you to feel more comfortable when it comes to moving outside of your comfort zone and taking calculated risks. Understanding probability can help to make taking certain risks a little easier as you are able to properly understand the accurate risk level of the activity.
Don’t always choose the safe choice
Whenever you make a decision, it’s far too easy to always opt to go for the safe choice. If one choice is the safe, comfortable option and the other choice is the somewhat scary and daunting one, naturally your mind tells you to go for the safer choice. For instance, say you are visiting a mountain range and you can either opt to take the safe, easy railroad up to the top of the mountain or you can climb to the top of the mountain. Naturally, you probably want to pick the railroad as it’s the safer and easier option, but ask yourself how amazing would it be to actually climb to the top of the mountain? While this might be a daunting concept to take into account, the outcome could be incredible, making it worth thinking about not always taking the safest choice.
Make a snap decision
When it comes to moving outside of your comfort zone, it’s important to take things one step at a time. One way in which you could make the process of moving outside of your comfort zone a little easier to adjust to is by starting to make snap decisions. This doesn’t have to be anything serious, it’s just a case of getting into the habit of not overthinking things and making snap judgments about things. You can do this for anything from choosing a restaurant to eat at to picking a holiday destination – start making snap decisions wherever possible.
Flip a coin
If you find yourself unable to decide about an important consideration, consider flipping a coin instead of overthinking things. The process of simply flipping a coin to determine an outcome is a process of probability and is also a great way to make a snap decision. It won’t always be easy to accept the outcome but if you want to make the process of making snap decisions easier then it’s worth trying the process of flipping a coin.
Think about other points of view
When it comes to making choices, don’t just think about your own points of view. Take the time to think carefully about other people’s opinions and points of view. It’s easy to simply trust your own points of view, but when it comes to making the process of taking steps outside of your comfort zone a little easier, sometimes listening to other people’s points of view can be helpful. Sometimes, seeing an opinion from someone else can make the process of taking a step outside of your comfort zone a little easier to manage.
Say ‘yes’ more often
We often turn things down because we don’t know if we are ready, and that is how we miss out on new experiences. However, if you can get into the habit of saying ‘yes’ more rather than no, then you can make the process of moving outside of your comfort zone a little easier and less stressful to do. For instance, take your career as an example. Say you are offered some new client projects – projects that you have never worked on before – and you’re nervous about saying ‘yes’ in case you are unable to manage the work. However, instead of overthinking things and turning down a great opportunity, just be brave and say ‘yes’. You don’t want to make the mistake of turning down good opportunities, do you?
Conquer your fears
If there’s something that you are afraid of, consider taking steps to conquer that fear, depending on what it is of course. The way to look at things is to ask yourself whether something scares you but has the potential to be beneficial; if the answer is yes then you take a leap of faith and do it, regardless of your fears. You will find that fear never really goes away as such, but over time you begin to learn how to conquer those fears and become braver as a result. Challenging yourself is a great way to do that.
It can be a good step to take to take the time to create some challenges that push you out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you could opt to make a list of things that you have always wanted to do but that have scared you too much to actually do. Then you could spend some time working on ticking each of these things off your list, starting with the smaller things and slowly building up to the scarier and more daunting challenges. You might find that having a tick list to work with makes the process of moving outside of your comfort zone a little easier to achieve as you have your own personal road map to follow to help the process.
Going outside of your comfort zone and taking more risks is always going to be something that it’s somewhat difficult to do and cope with. However, if you take note of the tips and advice above, and implement them in your daily life, you can make coping with moving outside of your comfort zone a little easier and less stressful.