Taking risks by stepping outside your “Comfort Zone” is the primary way by which we grow. People are often afraid to take that first step. Comfort Zones are mostly about fear. Once you understand this, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and how you grow in the process.
Below are several ways to assist you in going outside your “Comfort Zone!”
Learn what is outside of your comfort zone
Make a list of the items that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of failure & disappointment. Also, make a list of items that are in your Comfort Zone. Doing this will allow you to clearly identify your “Discomfort Zone”.
Have clear objective of what you want to overcome
Take the list of discomforts and really evaluate it. How does fear apply to each situation? Be very specific. What is it that you are afraid of and why? (i.e. fear of meeting new people, fear of rejection, etc…)
Take baby steps
By jumping outside of your comfort zone, you will become overwhelmed and jump and go right back to your Comfort Zone. Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. (i.e Public Speaking – Take every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.