One of the biggest challenges we face in life is overcoming fear. Fear of pursuing the career we want, fear of expressing ourselves freely, fear of being ourselves and achieving our goals. Fear is also the reason why many of us simply decide to choose comfort over our own happiness. However, we should remember that stepping out of our comfort zone is easier than we think. All we need is to make the choice and start acting instead of only wishing. Here are four simple steps to help us step out of our comfort zone and live a more fulfilling and exciting life.
- Choose activities that are a challenge for you. The very first step we should take to get out of our comfort zone is identifying what scares us and head to that direction. Choosing activities that might be challenging for us is one great way to do so. Just remember that you don’t have to choose something huge like skydiving or swimming with sharks. Reading a book you wouldn’t normally read, or going on a blind date, for example, are a great way to start.
- Break each challenge down into small steps. If we are planning about a really challenging or scary activity, we need to break it down into small steps. This will make the activity much more achievable, and it might be easier for us to overcome fear. Also, we will have a plan or outline to follow, which will allow us to take baby steps, and have us ready for the big thing.
- Visualize yourself overcoming fear. Many tend to underestimate the power of positive visualization, but it can be quite helpful when looking to step out of our comfort zone. Most of the times, the biggest challenge we face is overcoming the mental block caused by fear of failure. Yet, visualizing ourselves overcoming such fear and thinking about the reward we will get is enough to give us that extra push we need when trying something new.
- Invite a friend to give you extra support. We know that, for many of us, facing difficult situations is simply easier with the support of our loved ones. Stepping out of our comfort zone is exactly the same, so we should consider inviting a friend to give us the extra support that we need. Knowing that there is someone with us, going through the same emotions that we are, is one of the most effective motivators. Thus, if we are afraid of trying something new by ourselves, having a friend with us will make it more manageable.
“The best things in life are often waiting for you
at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.”