Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone

Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone


We all like to engage in activities that we are good at and that we are familiar with as there is comfort in familiarity. We like the known and avoid the unknown, finding stress in the uncertain and change. But avoiding uncomfortable situations and not challenging yourself with new activities and by not putting yourself into new and unfamiliar circumstances you are actually holding you back and not allowing you to grow emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.

As human beings it is easy to get comfortable with a routine. Routines are important as they allow us to create healthy and productive habits, but when they trap us into seeing and experiencing life from just one perspective, then we need to analyze them and see if they are doing more harm than good.

We all get bogged down in our daily routine and rituals and don’t like to get shaken from the certainty that these daily rituals bring. Living in a world of constant change and flux we crave to have certainty at some level as it gives us the illusion that we are in control of our lives. The reality is that while we have control of how we react to the circumstances of life but we do not control the outcomes of our actions or the circumstances themselves.

In trying to maintain control, we are actually causing harm to ourselves by not challenging ourselves, not opening our minds to new perspectives, and new ways of seeing reality. We become stale in our thinking and living by not taking chances and risks. We fail to allow ourselves to be vulnerable when it is this vulnerability that can bring growth.

We may get hurt, or we may have to do a new task that is challenging and uncomfortable. We may even fail, but chances are we will still be alive, and we will have learned something about ourselves and the larger world around us.

What opportunities for growth are you missing in your own life because of your limiting beliefs and behaviors? Do you allow yourself to be challenged on a daily basis or do you stick within your routine doing that same things in the same fashion every day?

When is the last time you woke up before the sun on a cold winter morning, breathed in the crisp morning air, and just went for a walk, looking up at the clear bright sky with its canopy of stars? When is the last time you sat and watched a sunset with somebody you love? When is the last time you volunteered in your community or gave to someone in need?

There are many ways we can challenge ourselves without completely upsetting our lives. We can volunteer to be a mentor to a troubled child. We can write a blog post or a book and put something positive out into the world. We can open the door for a stranger or donate to a charity. We can learn a new language or take an art class. We can read a book on a new subject or new genre.

If we want the world to be a better place then we need to start with ourselves and we have to be open to continual growth, change, and learning. We need to be conduits of change – open, accepting, and engaged. We need to be aware of the larger world around us realizing that reality isn’t always as it seems and that we create the reality out of our own lives through our thoughts and our actions. Don’t be a slave to your comforts, but instead embrace activities in life that make you uncomfortable. Put yourself out into the world, actively engage the world, and don’t miss an opportunity to experience something new every day.

2 Replies to “Stepping Outside your Comfort Zone”

  1. Love the sentiments, Randy. I certainly share them. But we all need to be reminded to watch out for falling into the rut. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. John, thank you for the kind words and taking the time to read my post. I have to remind myself daily about getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself. I find that when I put myself in uncomfortable situations it makes me realize just what I am capable of and I always walk away learning something about myself and the world around me.

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