Everyone has a zone which they feel comfortable, secured and confident in. This is called the comfort zone. We all prefer to stay in our comfort zone. This is because we are scared of elevating anxiety levels, whatever makes us mentally or physically uncomfortable.
Stepping out of your comfort zone comes with a lot of benefits, you get new experience, unleash potentials or skills you never thought you had, and many more.
Here are some benefits of stepping outside your comfort zone:
Utilise Untapped Knowledge:
You have no idea of what you are capable of until you venture into unknown territory. Challenging yourself helps you to tap into unused knowledge or skills you were not aware that you have.
Taking risks, regardless of the outcome helps you to gain experience. You should not be scared of failure, in fact, making mistakes or not getting it right the first time is all part of the experience you can use in the future. Whenever you step out of your comfort zone, make sure you are open to whatever experience arises, you are learning, and expanding your repertoire of life skills and self-knowledge. This helps you to expand your comfort zones.
Deal with Change:
Leaving your comfort zone helps you to better handle changes. Life is all about change, each time you transition you move to another level which can be unfamiliar to you. When you are used to stepping out of your comfort zone, you can easily make better adjustment to the changes life brings along.
Find something new you enjoy:
Stepping out of your comfort zone gives you the opportunity to find something new you enjoy. If you don’t try out something new because you are scared, you would not know if you like it.
You would truly grow:
Naturally, one of the main fears of human is failure. Failure makes you hold back and hesitate to attempt new things. This prevents us from utilizing our true potential for growth and transformation, it also impedes exploring the unknown, and ultimately narrows our personality. Take risks without letting the fear of failure take over, this is how we keep learning, and how we grow.
Sense of accomplishment:
Stepping out of your comfort zone causes some form of anxiety and fear. When you overcome this fear and anxiety, you can actually succeed in your new area or zone. This gives you a sense of accomplishment. There is no greater joy than accomplishing what you felt you could not do.
People enjoy being comfortable and it’s easy to understand why. You get in a routine. You are in control. You can predict what would happen. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be scary, but the abundance of benefits that exist on the other side of a temporary discomfort are totally worth it. So, start making yourself a little uncomfortable, have determination for success and see yourself learning new skills you never knew you had.