10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
1) You will overcome your fear
If you stay in a comfort zone, it’s because you’re afraid of something or someone in your environment, and the longer you stay in it, the more you’re avoiding the main problem.
As long as you’re covering up or avoiding them, the only thing you’ll be creating over time is more fears and insecurities.
Fear creates a vicious circle, by having it you simply don’t try something new and over time it is like a small tumour in your life, it grows making it more and more difficult to remove.
Feeling fear of the unknown is the most common fear that exists so the fact that it is linked on a large scale by locking yourself into a comfort zone is totally common.
If you decide to get out of it, you will notice that in all that environment or fears that you felt for certain things, are insignificant and that the sea of opportunities that are presented to you, are much more valuable.
Believe me, as soon as you give a little taste of what it is like to live without fear and insecurity when you try something that you have been afraid to do all this time, you won’t be able to stop.
You will find that being in that comfort zone, in effect, only makes you self-destructive.
2) You will be more independent
When you are in a comfort zone, you are very dependent on a person, place or even personality.
If you need to be with someone or in a specific place, it means you are totally dependent on that something to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and safe.
The same thing happens when you adopt a different personality or attitude.
You can’t live your whole life depending on someone else to make you feel safe, because you don’t know when that might go away or have consequences.
If you are dependent on something, you are only living a life with self-imposed constraints.
Having something to lean on by your side is not about putting all our feelings and security into it, it should only be a support.
That’s why you have to get out of your comfort zone and create more confidence in yourself in order to be independent.
I know it can be hard to let go of that which has made you feel secure for a long time, but don’t you like the idea of being a little more independent and not feeling insecure all the time?
You need to let go of your parents, like all children do over time.
Imagine that your comfort zone is like another parent that you depend on more than you should, and you need to let go over time to become independent and move forward in all aspects of your life.
You won’t notice it, but being dependent closes many doors for you. If you want to grow up, you must first be willing to leave your comfort zone.
3) You will enjoy life more
Imagine a life free of mental, physical, dependency ties. One that you can live without fears and insecurities, which translates into being emotionally free.
Moving out of your comfort zone will help you to achieve this.
As I said, being in a comfort zone limits you a lot when it comes to taking advantage of new opportunities and trying new experiences. It’s like an imaginary cage.
If that cage disappears or you start to slowly pull your body out of it, you will be able to feel life more and more in all its expression.
You don’t need to deny yourself to do certain things, you have to enjoy life in all its splendour.
You have to focus on the fact that the comfort zone is a limitation, that even though it feels good to be in it, it only takes you backwards every time you decide to enter it or not accept the fact that you are in one.
Since I stopped taking refuge in my older brother so much and started being a little more open to the world, going out with others and not just with him, I enjoy everything much more.
I’m not saying I stopped being with him or sharing experiences, but it’s by choice, because I want to, not by a constant need to be with him so I can feel safe and comfortable.
Again, release the ties that don’t allow you to enjoy your life to the fullest.
4) You will learn to say yes
When you say “no” to something, you’re a little predisposed to say it simply because the option or possibility is outside your comfort zone.
Understand something, answers as basic as a yes or no are highly influenced by the security we feel and in turn, the trust.
So if you find yourself in your comfort zone, you will always say no to something that goes out of it and only yes to what goes in.
When you release that factor that conditions your answers, you will learn to say yes and no because you want to and not as something conditioned.
Not only that, many times when you are in your comfort zone, you can become a little more aggressive in how you give your answers.
I’ve known many people that when you propose something outside of their comfort zone, their refusal is often much more aggressive or even hurtful.
You can say whatever you want, the problem is how you say it.
If you go outside your comfort zone, much of that characteristic will disappear over time and you will not only say yes or no when you want to, but you will also learn how to say it in the best way.
On the other hand, many times the answer you are looking for is not necessarily the easy one. The one that leads you to say yes or no immediately.
The right answer is, most of the time, the one you find more difficult, the one you wouldn’t choose just for comfort or security.
So free yourself up a bit and when you get out of your comfort zone, you can think more clearly about the right answer and the fact that you chose it because you also want to and not just for comfort.
5) You’ll feel capable of anything
As the comfort zone itself is a limitation, you tend to feel even more repressed about your capabilities and what you can actually do or not do.
If you don’t try something, you won’t know whether you can or can’t do it.
You limit yourself and don’t fully trust your abilities because you think you are less capable than you really are.
Honestly, I’ve worked on many different things in my life and on many occasions I’ve thought: can I really do it?
There are times when the opportunity simply presents itself for something new and that would be incredible for us.
If you feel that you are not capable, it is just a state of comfort and security, of comfort. That’s why you have to try.
Even if you fail, it will teach you what you need to improve on and really know your limits so that you can expand them and start doing more of the things you didn’t think you were capable of.
6) You will not limit your creativity
When we live new experiences, we surround ourselves with another type of environment, people, places; our creativity can fly much more.
If you stick to the routine day after day, there is no way your imagination can be much wider if you have not given it the opportunity to grow.
I like to compare it like when you read a book.
If you always choose the genre of thriller, mystery, crime, it’s logical that your mind will process much more information from it and whatever you come up with will be based on that reading.
The problem with always staying with the same genre is that you don’t expand your knowledge or refresh your mind with new ideas from other writers in different genres.
I’m not saying you can’t have a favorite genre, but always open yourself up to trying different reading, because if you decide to write, as an example, you’ll always be prone to do it about one thing constantly.
Everything you do brings you ideas, expands your imagination but above all, your creativity.
That is why it is important that you take a step out of that area so that you can be much more creative; being creative will help you on your way through life, both to enjoy it and to grow in all aspects.
7) You’ll get new skills
Trying something new will give you the chance to acquire better habits as well as new skills or improve those you already have.
If you are locked in your room all day, perhaps going for a walk even once to change that routine will make you a habit of doing so daily or for several times a week.
There are some that hold you back but just as there are these, you will also find all those that move you forward each day.
So once you get out of your comfort zone, you will mostly create much better habits that benefit your well-being and safety without the need to lock yourself in that limiting cage.
On the other hand, there are people who are born with talent in something, but there is nothing that can’t be done if you try everything to achieve it.
If you want to speak a different language, study. You can acquire any skill as long as you stop limiting yourself by staying in your comfort zone and not wanting to leave that place.
If all you do is play, but you’d like to learn to play the guitar, you’ll only retain the comfort you feel by staying as you are.
Encourage yourself to learn new things and get into habits that your comfort zone prevents you from developing and improving your life.
8) You’ll have more confidence in yourself
Although the comfort zone makes you feel better and more in control of your life, it only really reduces your self-esteem and the security you feel in general.
You should be able to feel comfortable and safe in most places and people around you.
Having good self-esteem and feeling safe should not be limited to one condition, to one area, it has to be implemented and noticed in the rest of the things around you.
The problem is that not dealing with the situations that make you feel uncomfortable over time only causes you to feel frustrated and unable to do something so simple.
You may be fine the second you decide not to do something, but over time you can’t deny that it frustrates you even more not to have done it.
So in order to improve your self-esteem you need to confirm to yourself that you are capable of that which you think you are not, of overcoming and achieving.
When you get what you want or achieve a goal, you have much more security and confidence which boils down to an improvement in your self-esteem.
9) You’ll be more sociable
One of the first consequences of shutting yourself in your comfort zone is the poor social skills you develop.
Whatever the reason for your comfort zone, most of the time a small part of it is included, keeping you at a distance from people who are not part of your environment.
I doubt that many times you have dared to talk to the newcomer in class or the one in line at the supermarket.
Your comfort zone limits your communication, no matter how high or low, the truth is that being sociable always gets caught up in the bindings that your comfort zone creates.
Let me give you a secret, many love a communicative person who likes to talk spontaneously.
What I’m getting at here is that being sociable opens a lot of doors for you and it’s not just about wanting more friends.
Sometimes there are opportunities that present themselves but they are strategically placed and depending on how you act, you can get them or not.
So get out of that comfort zone and you can make way for being sociable, you don’t know what you can find just by being social.
10) You will be more flexible
When you try something new and gradually experience new things, you also expand the flexibility you have in making a decision or trying other activities and situations.
The principle of being more flexible is very similar to that of being creative.
When you focus on a single point of view, a single situation or person, you stop being more flexible about the rest around you.
You are faced with always making the same decisions, going to the same places, being with only one group of people.
If you are not able to be more flexible, you will get stuck in all aspects of your life.
So one of the most important reasons to leave your comfort zone is to see life from other points of view.
To put it simply, you become a more adaptable person who finds fewer “buts” or problems with something.
By being more adaptable or flexible, you will find it much easier to deal with a difficult situation as you open yourself up to more solutions and options that come your way or can be created to solve your problems.