Comfort. It’s an interesting thing. Sometimes it’s good, because we all need our “safe places” and “down time”, where we can recharge, relax, rest, etc. Too much of a good thing can be bad though, right? The key is balance. It’s important to make the choice to push yourself outside of your comfort zone on a regular basis if you want to be able to reach your potential.
Here’s a few reasons why you should intentionally break out of that comfort zone:
Because Aging is Inevitable – Growth is Optional.
We all have 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week. We’re all aging. Growing is a choice, and growth comes from purposely stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Because Change Can Be a Good Thing.
Once you realize that change doesn’t have to be scary, you become more comfortable with the idea of it. Breaking out of your comfort zone on a regular basis will make change easier, and may even cause you to desire change for the better as you face and conquer challenges.
New Experiences Expand Your Creativity.
Complacency kills your creativity, and we were made to be creative. Trying new things will cause you to gain perspective and explore the world you live in so that you can see new and creative ways to contribute to it.
Your Confidence Will Increase.
Stretching yourself one step at a time will result in sustainable growth. The more you grow, the more you become capable of doing. The more you are capable of doing, the more confident you become.
You Will Be Less Afraid.
Facing the fear of the unknown, even in the little things, will remind you that there’s a whole world out there for you to play a role in, ultimately resulting in you being more excited and less afraid to go out there and live with purpose.
You Will Learn More About Yourself.
By doing things that make you uncomfortable and facing your fears, you will discover a new talent or passion in life that would have otherwise been left undiscovered.
It Will Prepare You for Success.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a progression, a journey…with bumps in the road. Making it a habit to break out of your comfort zone will result in you being better equipped to handle those bumps in the road with ease.
Ultimately, Dale Carnegie said it well when he said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Sometimes you must stop thinking about all the reasons why you shouldn’t, and think about all the reasons why you should.