Do you have trouble forcing yourself to step outside your comfort zone? Trust me, you’re not alone. Stepping outside my comfort zone is something I’ve never been good at. And to be honest, my comfort zone has never been all that big. Time and time again I’ve opted to stay in my bubble where I knew things were safe and, well, comfortable. It allows me to keep my stress and anxiety in check, among other things. However, I also found myself getting frustrated by my small comfort zone and starting to feel claustrophobic, taking notice of those who took more risks than I did and wishing I could do that. Over the past several years it’s something that I’ve improved on. In part, my career has forced me to expand in some areas. Talking to new people and learning about new issues is a daily part of my job, and it has helped to make me feel more comfortable with new and different. Blogging has also done wonders to help me expand my comfort zone. Surely five years ago I wouldn’t have felt comfortable sharing my writing on a blog for anyone to read, but now it has become such a significant part of my life.
Today I want to speak to those who, like me, maybe have a small comfort zone or don’t feel comfortable leaving their comfort zone. There are so many benefits that come with challenging yourself and trying new things, so I’m sharing a few reasons why you should step outside your comfort zone.
You Might Discover a New Passion
By stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, you might find an activity that you love and becomes a passion of yours, but that you would never have experienced had you not pushed yourself. For me, that passion is definitely blogging. I went back and forth on whether I should blog for a long time, and even considered starting the blog anonymously because I was afraid of being judged. I’m so thankful that I pushed myself because blogging has without a doubt been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
If there’s an activity that you’ve been considering, but haven’t been brave enough to try, I really encourage you to go for it!
Leaving Your Comfort Zone Teaches You to Deal With Change
Change is inevitable, and many of us (myself included) aren’t all that comfortable with it. But by regularly pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone, we can learn to deal with change so that when other big changes pop up in life, we’re more prepared to deal with them.
You Might Make a New Friend
I’ve never been someone who is comfortable striking up a conversation with a stranger, but on more than one occasion I’ve forced myself to do it anyways and have made a new friend. It might have been someone who sat near me in a class in college or someone who works in the same building as me but who I had never talked to before.
Not only has stepping outside my comfort zone allowed me to make new friends, but to has allowed me to grow current friendships.
Leaving Your Comfort Zone Leads to Personal Growth
There’s no doubt that leaving your comfort zone leaves room for personal growth. One of the most significant ways I find this to be true is that challenging yourself, in the long run, makes your comfort zone even bigger! This is something I’ve experienced for myself, and I’m eternally grateful for it. I find that trying new things also opens my mind and allows me to look at something from multiple points of view, which I’ve experienced time and time again in my full-time job.
You’ll Learn About Yourself
Trying new things and having new experiences can allow you to learn so much about yourself. You can learn about skills you didn’t know you had, passions you didn’t know you had (as I mentioned above), fears you thought you had but don’t, and so much more.
You Can Grow Your Creativity
As a writer, there’s no doubt that stepping out my comfort zone and having more experiences is good for my writing. Not only does it give me more to write about, but it also helps to expand my creativity. I find that trying something new also gives me a new perspective, which has been nothing but an asset to my writing. If you’re in a creative industry, getting outside your comfort zone is definitely important!