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These 10 Things Will Happen When You Start Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

These 10 Things Will Happen When You Start Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
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Most people want to be become successful, pursue their passions, and live a life full of happiness and love. The truth is, making your dreams become a reality requires leaving the comfortable environment and challenging yourself on a regular basis. However, it’s a minority of people who understand the importance of embracing discomfort in order to lead a regretless and fulfilled lifestyle.

Many people fear stepping into the unknown and questioning their abilities. They fear failure, disapproval, and discomfort. Being aware of the thousands of potential obstacles paralyzes them. However, once you make the decision to step out of your comfort zone and fully commit to doing this daily, you’ll experience many amazing things you wouldn’t have otherwise.

In this article, I want to encourage you to become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable by showing you the great consequences of embracing discomfort.

1. You’ll start growing incredibly quickly

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

Brian Tracy

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    The moment you fully leave your comfort zone is when you begin developing exceptionally quickly. It’s because the only way to extraordinary results is through discomfort. By constantly questioning yourself, you improve your skills and develop new ones. Every new change serves you as a great source of motivation to keep going.

    It’s a like a snowball effect: a will to change a little implants a deep desire to grow more and more. Over time, you notice the huge transformation that took place in your life.

    2. You’ll begin to love challenging yourself

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      At first, each challenge may seem tough or even impossible. However, once you go through it and deal with whatever life throws at you, you realize how powerful you can become only by accepting the discomfort.

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      Every time you leave your comfort zone and notice the amazing results, you crave more and more. This became especially apparent to me once I began taking cold showers.

      In the beginning, I felt uncomfortable and wanted to finish the shower as soon as possible. What I noticed, however, is the sense of satisfaction that comes afterward. This feeling beats the initial fear and resentment. Over time, the negative emotions disappear completely and you feel excited to stay on track.

      3. You’ll realize all your fears are fictional

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        Coming up with countless excuses which seem reasonable is my brain’s biggest hobby. It’s so good at it that it very often managed to make me believe that I can’t do something. The fact is, and I promise you it’s the truth and not another cliched sentence, your fears that prevent a change are fictional.

        If you don’t train your mind to work for you, it works against you by default. As a result, tons of excuses pop up in your head and paralyze your ability to improve. Sooner or later, you decide to take action and ignore the negative thoughts.

        This is the moment when you realize that you often underestimate your skills and overestimate the power of potential obstacles. What seemed impossible turned out to be doable and even enjoyable.

        Whatever your current goal is that you postpone over and over again, I’d like you to mute the voice that encourages you to put it off and begin working on it, starting either today or tomorrow.

        You have my word that the results will amaze you!

        4. You’ll replace regret with excitement.

        Living a comfortable life isn’t exciting. It seems nice and warm during the day, but once you go to bed and contemplate another day which went by in which you made zero progress toward your goals, the magic is replaced with a bitter regret.

        Fortunately, there’s an alternative. It starts with stepping outside your comfort zone. You commit to progress every single day. Even if you move only a tiny bit, it’s still a huge accomplishment.

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        At the end of the day, there are no regrets or annoyances. Instead, you feel incredible about yourself and excited to conquer the next day.

        5. You’ll laugh at your past self.

        “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”

        Robin S. Sharma

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          The longer you travel the paths of discomfort, the more you laugh at your past weak self. You notice your bygone excuses and problems were made-up and absurd. Your current self isn’t afraid of challenges or failures. You are prepared to mess up from time to time; however, it’s never a reason not to do something.

          As I began the journey of self-improvement, I finally understood that your current struggles become a reason to laugh in the future. It all depends on your perspective and attitude.

          The same problem or challenge can be a real can of worms or a piece of cake. Whatever it is, it’s always fully up to you.

          6. You’ll find out more about your strengths and weaknesses.

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            Constantly questioning yourself leads to discovering your good and bad sides. Each challenge is a new life lesson. Whether you complete it successfully or fail miserably, there’s always some value added to your life.

            You can’t learn about your true self by lying on the couch, eating nachos, and watching another season of your favorite show. If something is nice and cozy, it probably provides zero value or even worsens your situation.

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            Let’s have a look at eating patterns as an example.

            Eating fast food feels good at first, since the food companies spare no effort to make us crave their products. But in reality, it’s always damaging both to your health and mood. The exact opposite is true of eating healthy, unprocessed foods. If you are used to consuming junk, it’s uncomfortable initially, but over time, you are proud of making the switch.

            The lesson you learn from this shift is that you can actually control what you put on your plate and choose long-term health over short-term gratification.

            7. You’ll boost your self-confidence.

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              Experiencing the results of your hard work and how powerful you are once you decide to be unstoppable improves your self-confidence significantly.

              A person who fears stepping out of their comfort zone is simply unaware of their abilities and competencies. However, once discomfort knocks at your door and you open it with a smile on your face, ready to transform yourself, your self-confidence shoots up You realize that whether you can or you can’t is absolutely up to you. Taking that responsibility makes you the master of your own universe, where you start to truly believe in yourself.

              8. You’ll create a new source of incredible satisfaction.

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                Most comfortable activities seem satisfying on the surface, while, in reality, true fulfillment and joy take place outside of your comfort zone.

                When I finish a freezing cold shower, I feel great and pumped up for new challenges awaiting for me this very day. When I complete a chapter of my new book, I feel amazing because of making progress.

                Same goes for completing a hardcore workout in the gym.

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                All these activities have one thing in common: the initial phase requires pushing yourself to do them, but once it’s over, you feel like a god.

                9. You’ll realize the only way to success leads through discomfort.

                “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

                Neale Donald Walsch

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                  Over time, you notice the correlation between discomfort and worthwhile things in life. Oftentimes, one does not exist without the other. Short-term discomfort leads to long-term improvement and success.

                  Based on my personal experience, most of the achievements I’m proud of started with leaving my comfort zone. The fact is, things we want to accomplish require hard work and perseverance. You can’t expect great satisfaction and contentment from easy and mediocre stuff. If it scares you, that’s a good sign!

                  10. You’ll begin inspiring people around you.

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                    When your attitude changes drastically, people begin to watch you more carefully and feel inspired by your results. They see that being an average person or an outstanding individual is only a choice and not a foredoom.

                    Even if some folks discourage you in the beginning, ignore their voices. As the time goes by and you stick to your own rules, you stop looking for others’ approval.

                    Sooner or later, the naysayers will either become overwhelmed by your results and inspired to change their minds, or you’ll no longer hear them.

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                    To make your life easier, separate yourself from the negative energy so that you remove another potential obstacle and make your path toward success more transparent.

                    There’s one priceless feeling you’ll definitely experience provided you embrace discomfort: when people around you start talking about the changes you have made and how you inspired them to do the same. The motivation which comes from that is immeasurable.

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                    Oskar Nowik

                    Oskar is a blogger and the author of "Brightening: The Positive Attitude That Will Change Your Life"

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                    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                    Reference

                    [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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