It Feels Good To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
By The Iron You on June 29, 2014
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” You’ve probably seen hundreds of inspirational quotes - such as the one above from Brian Tracy - encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone, take on new risks and challenge yourself.It’s (supposedly) good for you and may even lead to something big.But is this always true?Change takes effort, time, and courage too.After all, the comfort zone is a space where our activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. We’re “at home”, happy and relaxed.The comfort zone is neither a good or bad thing; it’s more like a safe zone that we all need.However, sometimes, it’s good to step out of it.I’m not even talking about lifetime changing experiences.I always see things like BASE jumping, moving abroad or changing career being shown as examples of getting out of your comfort zone.It doesn't have to be anywhere near that large or on that kind of scale.It should be more like “I’m going to do things I’ve meant to do, always wanted to do, or know that will be a personal challenge for me.”You can start by adding a little discomfort to your every day.Such as trying a new food, a new workout or doing some social things that you would not do normally.For instance, you can try the Paleo Whole30 eating regimen for a month, or going vegan or vegetarian for a weekend. . . .