This is that time of year when many people look back on what they were and look ahead to what they want to be. I’ve been doing that myself. And while I no longer make new year’s resolutions, I do set intentions for myself. What are you intending to be, do and achieve in 2013? Leaving your comfort zone might be a good place for you to start.
A comfort zone is usually defined as an area of life in which people feel most comfortable. It can be considered a mental space rather than a physical one.
Obviously, physical comfort can influence where a person will feel most at ease, but usually this is because these physical things make us feel safe. For instance, one person’s comfort zone might include being in a certain room at home. That person could feel uneasy being somewhere else, like at a table full of strangers. This situation might push them out of their “zone.”
Being pushed out of one’s “zone” is not always a bad thing. Purposely leaving a comfort zone is an opportunity for personal growth. It doesn’t have to be caused by challenging or difficult events.
Leaving a comfort zone helps you to look at new ideas, and new ways of being. Sometimes you need to leave your comfort zone to grow as a person.
If you’re normally a shy person who keeps to yourself, that might mean involving yourself in activities with others. If you want to try something new, you shouldn’t let fear of any kind hold you back. Fear of failing. Fear of rejection. Fear of (fill in the blank). The real fear should be in passing up an opportunity to be better, to learn new skills and develop talents, to make new friends, to have exciting experiences, and ultimately, to reach your full potential.
Growth is a good thing. It leads to change. Too often people choose to stay in a comfortable place at the cost of their personal growth. They do the same thing over and over again or live the same way day after day. No change, no growth. There’s nothing wrong with having a comfort zone. We all need one. But, getting stuck there can make you miss out on life.
I confronted my fear of heights a few years back by skydiving in Mexico. I also lived in India for five weeks where every single day was an adventure. Those decisions took me far outside of my comfort zones. I can see how I grew as a person because of them. Am I saying that you need to jump out of an airplane or travel to foreign countries to grow? Not at all.
What I am encouraging you to do is push yourself toward reaching your potential, whatever that might be. You will never discover it if you don’t try new things, put yourself out there, and take a few chances (safely, of course).
You might hear people say, “Think outside of the box.” How about getting rid of the box altogether. That’s what Be Unlimited is all about. We want you to grow beyond the person you are today. There’s so much more to you. Be the one-of-a-kind original you were born to be. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a step in the right direction.
What are you waiting for?