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7 Exciting Things Will Happen When You Step Out From Your Comfort Zone

7 Exciting Things Will Happen When You Step Out From Your Comfort Zone

Are you at ease in your comfort zone, too scared to step outside even though you’d really like to? Or do you love excitement but need to know what actually can happen if you start something you wouldn’t normally do? Well, this post is for you.

Don’t feel bad because you think this way. Changing your familiar routine is a difficult thing to do. When you can accomplish it, though, the benefits will be huge. Get ready, because after you read these 7 exciting things, you’ll be brave enough to venture outside your ordinary, every-day routine. Why? Because amazing things happen just outside your comfort zone.

First, though, just what or where is that comfort zone?

Each person’s comfort zone is the area of their life where they can function with a minimum of stress and a maximum of security. Anxiety levels are low and contentment levels are high. Here, we know what to expect.

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    You feel comfortable in this environment. However, to increase your performance levels and try new experiences, you’ll need to introduce a dose of controlled anxiety and stress into your life. Situations where stress levels rise somewhat, are found just outside the comfort zone. This is where you’ll reach your highest potential and live a life of purpose.

    Your aim should be to stay in the green zone above. If you place yourself under excessive pressure, performance will suffer. Creativity will be stifled.

    There’ll be times, of course, when you’ll want a break from challenging yourself. Simply retreat to where you’re most comfortable.

    Why is it good for you to try new stuff?

    The benefits are huge. Following are just 7 of those exciting benefits.

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    1. You’ll grow and blossom.

    “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

    Maybe you are in a job you enjoy very much. It’s handy to home, hours are flexible and workmates congenial. You’re offered a new position that will extend you and stretch your creativity. But . . . traveling time will increase; remuneration might not be much greater. It’s a dilemma you probably wish you didn’t have to face.

    It’s your choice. Stay in familiar surroundings where you feel comfortable. Or move towards the unknown.

    You find it hard to dash aside the emotional attachment you feel to your current situation. Then you remember Brian Tracy’s words about the necessity to feel awkward and uncomfortable. You take the plunge. It’s scary, but you really want to accomplish some awesome things in your lifetime. So you brace yourself to expect the unexpected.

    Will you regret the decision? Unlikely. You know where you’ll grow and blossom, don’t you? Just outside the comfort zone.

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      2. You’ll release the creativity within you.

      “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity.” – Dan Stevens

      Now that you’ve accepted the challenge of the new job, the trip to far-off lands, the University course you’ve just started – or whatever – you’re acquiring a different set of learning skills. New ideas and experiences abound. You’ll find yourself approaching these new experiences with renewed energy  –  an energy that releases the creativity within you in a way you never imagined possible.

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      Being creative will fill you with an enormous sense of satisfaction. You’ll be exposing gifts and abilities that until now were hidden from view. Are you ready to discover what you’re really capable of? So where do you find this energy and release of creativity? Just outside the comfort zone.

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        3. You’ll find the going easier every time you extend yourself.

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

        Sharma’s words remind me of what I’m doing in my intervals exercise program just now. I’ve found a challenging set of 100 steps that wind up a steep cliff face. I keep climbing until I run out of breath. On my first attempt, I found myself gasping for air at the 50th step. Each week I add another 5 steps. I can feel my comfort zone making adjustments.

        You, too will find that your anxiety levels lessen every time you repeat the stepping out process. Go on. Give it a go. Ease yourself outside your comfort zone. The more you try small things, the more you’ll want to continue to challenge yourself. Success is motivational.

        A very exciting consequence of extending yourself is that your comfort zone adjusts with every success. As Sharma states, the unknown becomes your new normal. How far should you extend yourself? Just outside the comfort zone.

        4. You’ll be in control – not fear and uncertainty.

        “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

        Being outside the comfort zone enables you to actually acknowledge, then manage, your negative feelings. If starting the business of your dreams, writing a novel or meeting new people is a recurring dream – well, yes, that can be quite scary and uncertain. But if you break your dream into manageable steps, you’ll be in control. You’ll be working towards your dream at your own manageable pace – little by little.

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        Because you’re in control, you’ll be doing things you never thought possible. Now you’re free to work and live on your own terms. Where do you truly believe in yourself and start to take responsibility for your life? Just outside the comfort zone.

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          5. You’ll boost your self-confidence, resilience and emotional strength.

          “In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.” – Lou Holtz

          Living inside your comfort zone strips you of your confidence, because you’re not growing and evolving. You’re simply coping with life as it happens.

          Choose your first small goal to start things in motion and grow. As soon as you experience how competent and powerful you are, your self-confidence will grow. You’ll be inspired to work toward other goals. As you strive, fail, and strive some more, a resilient and emotionally strong you will emerge. You’ll feel amazing.

          Where does all this happen? Yes, of course – just outside your comfort zone.

          6. You’ll replace regrets with satisfaction and accomplishment.

           “We can’t become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree

          Regrets only appear when you ask yourself, “What if I fail?” This question is always followed by inaction, then later, regrets. Have you heard stories of people who, on their death bed, talk about the regrets they have because they didn’t do particular things? They were too scared to have a go. All of a sudden it’s too late.

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          Go on. Take action now. Dare to have a go time and time again. Then you’ll look back on your life with satisfaction instead of with regrets, and with excitement about what you’ve accomplished. So never ask that “What if  . . .? ” question. Instead just do it and see what happens. Where do you toss regrets into the rubbish heap? Just outside your comfort zone.

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            7. You’ll experience a fuller life.

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

            Similar to athletes stretching and preparing for competitive events, just outside your comfort zone is where you can perform at your best. It’s a place where being motivated spurs you to success – a place where you’ll experience a fuller life. So, step outside and unlock your full potential. You haven’t yet discovered just what you are capable of. Experiment, participate, pursue, problem solve, question yourself, improve your skills and develop new ones.

            When you feel confident, happy and optimistic, you will be more willing to live a fuller, more adventurous life. The result? Things you previously thought were unachievable, will become a reality. Now that you’ve blossomed, grown in confidence, released your creativity and managed your fears, you’ll experience a fuller life. You are in control of the kind of life you want to live.

            When you experience this fuller life, instead of just surviving, you’ll find yourself thriving.

            So where do you start?

            “My experience is that you cannot have everything you want but you can have anything you really want. You just need to decide what it is and then plan your exit from the comfort zone.” – Jonathan Farrington

            A great thing to do first of all is to focus on quotations that will give you the excitement and motivation you need to get started. Suitable quotes have been included in this post. You’ll reap the greatest benefits when you write several on sticky notes and place them in prominent places where you’ll read and digest them often.

            Then . . . take Jonathan Farrington’s advice, decide exactly what you want to do, then just do it. Now is your time to exit from the comfort zone.

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            Last Updated on March 25, 2020

            How to Crush Your Lack of Motivation and Always Stay Motivated

            How to Crush Your Lack of Motivation and Always Stay Motivated

            How many times have you not achieved your goals and let yourself down due to your lack of motivation? When you’re not wallowing in sadness and self-pity, you are too busy procrastinating till you can’t anymore and before you know it, you are part of vicious cycle of anxiety and stress.

            Whether it’s losing weight or bringing your business to fruition – motivation is essential for growth and success in every sphere of our lives.

            That said, it is not easy staying motivated. In order to constantly stay motivated, you need to take ownership of your life and consciously make efforts in that direction.

            Well, it’s never too late to take matters in your hands and change the course of your life. Here are 11 effective ways to crush your lack of motivation and always stay motivated:

            1. Write Your Goals

            The power of writing goals down has always been underestimated. Why write when you can remember, right? Wrong.

            Our thoughts are all over the place and the first step to achieve your goals is to organize your thoughts. So, write your goals down, however big or small they might be. Make them as specific as possible and assign deadlines to each of them.

            As you write them down and revisit them regularly, they get further drilled in your head, taking you closer to your goals. Doing this small exercise helps you to remain focused, motivated and lets you track your progress with ease.

            Start today – take to your laptop or a diary and get down to writing what you wish to achieve in life.

            2. Beat Procrastination

            Your lack of motivation and procrastination go hand in hand. Every time you procrastinate, your motivation levels take a greater hit. The only way to bring an end to this loop is to stop procrastinating.

            Next time you find yourself putting off something for ‘later’, stop and assess the reasons behind it. Get to the root of the cause and eliminate it in order to overcome this poor habit of procrastinating which is sabotaging your life and mental health.

            Take a look at this guide and learn how to beat procrastination:

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            What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

            When you finally overcome procrastination, you will realize the positive impact it has on your mood and motivation levels.

            3. Celebrate Small Wins

            In the quest to achieve the bigger goals in life, we often forget to celebrate the smaller wins along the way. An achievement is an achievement – be it big or small, it deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.

            Finished a project on time? Reward yourself. Managed to run on the treadmill for a good one hour? Pat yourself on the back. Found time to meditate? Celebrate it.

            It is these small achievements that reinstate that we are on the right path and take us one step closer to the bigger goals.

            So, get into the habit of recognizing and appreciating small wins. You will be surprised to see how this practice helps you stay motivated.

            4. Practice Gratitude

            It’s easier to whine about what we don’t have rather than counting our blessings. Isn’t it?

            Making gratefulness a part of your life is a very important step to retain high motivational levels. It revitalizes our spirits and renews our enthusiasm for life.

            So, how do you practice gratitude? For starters, keep a gratitude journal to jot down what you are grateful for, express your gratitude to people you love and spread positivity wherever you go. If you need some inspiration to be thankful for, here it is:

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            By doing so, you begin to focus more on what you have rather than what you don’t and that is a great start to stay motivated.

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            5. Be Optimistic

            Life is not always hunky dory. There will be bad days when things aren’t going in your favor, when you feel lost and all you want to do is give up.

            At such times, instead of letting negativity take over your life, adopt an optimistic approach to life. Quit overthinking, ask the right questions and focus on finding solutions.

            Yes, there will be hurdles along the way but if you hang on to positive affirmations and hopes, the journey will be a lot smoother. So, with every passing day, sow the seeds of positivity and you are sure to build a positive environment around you.

            6. Don’t Dwell on the Past

            A lot of times, our lack of motivation stems from the habit of dwelling on the past. This gives rise to fear and regrets, preventing us from making progress in the present day.

            Dwelling on the past is nothing but a waste of time. Understand that the past is long gone, and you cannot do anything to change that.

            What you can do is make your present day worthwhile. Instead of looking back and having regrets, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself and move on.

            So, the next time you find your mind wandering off to the past, be determined to change the way you think and consciously concentrate on living in the present. This guide can help you:

            10 Simple Steps To Let Go Of The Past

            7. Face your Fears

            You can never find motivation where there is fear. Identify the fear that is pulling you back and tackle it.

            If you don’t face your fear head on, you cannot expect to conquer it and renew your motivation.

            Ask yourself: What is stopping you? What are you scared of?

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            Once you accept your fear, you can work on an action plan and think of solutions to overcome it. This article will give you some effective tips on conquering your fears:

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            Seek external help if required but don’t choose to turn a blind eye over your fears – it will only aggravate matters.

            8. Visualize your Success

            You must have heard the famous quote, ‘see it to believe it’. That is exactly what visualization is about.

            One of the most effective self-motivation techniques, visualizing the process to your desired outcome helps you move in a positive direction and achieve your goal.

            Close your eyes and focus all your energies on the minutest of details that will take you where you want to reach. Doing this exercise everyday inspires you to keep going and not lose hope. The vision of attaining success will drive you to do better while instilling belief and confidence.

            9. Find Inspiration

            Can’t seem to find inspiration inwards? Don’t panic. There are plenty of external sources to gain inspiration from.

            From motivational books and quotes to speeches, films and apps – it is a good idea to take help from motivational material to rekindle your spirits and regain your motivation.

            Everyone is wired differently. For instance, a self-help book might work for your friend, but it might do nothing to move you. So, find what inspires you and turn to it when you are in desperate need for motivation.

            Finding inspiration externally fills you with hope and sometimes that is all you need.

            10. Enjoy Downtime

            You are clearly exhausted with all the running you’re doing in life. So much, that you don’t even have time to stop and think what’s causing you so much unhappiness. All you know is that you are lacking motivation and everyday seems to have become a struggle.

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            Now, that’s certainly not how you should live the rest of your life.

            You need to schedule downtime for yourself, relax and give your mind and body some rest. Take a vacation, indulge in hobbies, meet some friends, put your hair down and stop with all the overthinking. It is important to do things that make you happy in order to think clearly and stay motivated.

            11. Meditate Regularly

            Meditation lets you take control of your mind. It improves focus and concentration while helping you relax.

            Whenever you have had a tough day or find your thoughts going places, the best way to calm yourself down is by closing your eyes and meditating. It helps you to remove all the unnecessary frills in life and keeps you on the right track.

            Include meditation in your daily schedule and you are sure to see an improvement in your productivity and motivation.

            The Bottom Line

            Practicing these simple exercises isn’t the tough part, what’s tough is religiously doing them every day.

            However, don’t expect to get rid of your lack of motivation overnight. There will still be days when you will be low on energy but by making these conscious efforts to stay motivated, you are sure to see a vast change in your perspective and your response to bad days.

            So, start today and be committed to making a positive change in your life.

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