A crucial element of self-development is to know when it is time to change something about yourself. Any time you change, you will be more knowledgeable, skilled, and comfortable about a task or a particular problem. Having said that, any type of change, even though it’ll make your life more fulfilling, can be challenging mainly because it entails stepping out of your comfort zone.
How can you reduce this discomfort?
Honestly, the more you push yourself to step out of your comfort zone, the more you gain, and the easier it becomes. When you begin to notice your gains, you’ll be more likely to be inclined to push yourself again in the future.
Consider these guidelines to step out of your comfort zone:
1. Do something new once a week.
Don’t get stuck in a rut. Rather, open up your mind to unique ideas and experiences. Embark on a whole new activity about every 7 days or so.
- Maybe you’ll consider reading through a biography as opposed to a mystery. Jogging every now and then on your daily walk creates variety. Perhaps there’s a whole new recipe or food you’ve been curious to try out for the very first time. Go for it!
2. Start small.
Do you only watch soap operas or situation comedies on television? Instead, why not try watching a show on the Public Broadcasting System to expand your mind? It won’t cost you anything and you might even open up a whole new world of intellectual stimulation. How about the kind of books you read?
3. Acknowledge the discomfort (of leaving your comfort zone).
Your feelings are normal. Almost everyone feels a bit unsettled when they do something for the first time. After you identify those fears, it actually becomes easier to try something new. Do not allow fear to keep you in the same position for life.
- Jot down what scares you when it comes to engaging in the experience.
- Recognize that thousands of others have likely done what you want to embark on and they made it through.
- You may feel a bit fearful, but plan to dive in to the experience anyway.
4. Sprinkle your confidence on others.
If your friends tell you they feel like they never do anything interesting, give them encouragement to go for something they want to experiment with. Share a recent personal story of how you were hesitant to engage in a new experience. Tell them they can learn to embrace new things.
5. Find a mentor.
If you still struggle when trying new things, find a mentor. Choose someone you see as the type of person who just goes for it, regardless of what “it” is. Spend time with your mentor and pick his brain about his process of experimenting with new things.
- When we see and learn about someone else’s bravery and sense of adventure, then we can be brave and adventurous, too.
6. Visualize the desired experience.
Imagine what it will be like to experience something you’ve longed to do. Picture it in your mind. When you are able to visualise your desire, it becomes easier to pursue.
- For example, maybe you’ve always wanted to go kayaking, but were afraid to try it. Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting in the kayak, floating down the river. You see the birds, the fauna, and the fish in the water.
- As you let yourself visualize the experience¸ you see that it will be marvelous. Then, go sign up for your first kayaking lesson!
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a thrilling experience. Lose yourself by trying out new things. Who knows, you may even discover a whole new you! At any rate, you’ll greatly increase the enjoyment in your life.