Many of us are stuck in our comfort zone which stunts our ability to grow and mature. It leaves us feeling bored and fearful.
When you’re out of your comfort zone, you learn the most. There is simply no time to waste in life to let your comfort zone limit your potential to experience the most out of life.
You will experience more excitement and adventure when you decide to step out of your comfort zone.
You will also gain more confidence and luck will begin to come your way as you open up more opportunities and possibilities.
Here is a list of a few ways to get out of your comfort zone and stretch the limits you’ve become so used to.
Get rejected on purpose or make a fool out of yourself
We are constantly fearful of what other people think of us. The fact is that most people don’t care what we’re doing or how we act.
This is because most people are caught up and concerned with their own lives and don’t have the time to concentrate on or judge yours.
If you think of the folks in your life that you’re most attracted to, many times it’s those people that don’t care what other people think about them. They live their life sort of care-free and without worry of other people’s thoughts or words.
Do yourself a favor and forget what other people think about you. You are going to make mistakes and be less than perfect. That’s simply part of being human.
So get laughed at, blurt out something funny, act crazy, or do something that you normally wouldn’t in front of people. Believe me, it’s not so bad when you look like an idiot. It exposes your vulnerability which will come off as charming and funny in most cases.
Join Toastmasters or Improv Club
Do you know what the most common fear among people are in the world? Even surpassing death itself? It’s public speaking!
There are many classes and organizations like Toastmasters which can be an invaluable tool and learning experience for those trying to break out of their comfort zone.
The best way to get over a fear is through consistent conditioning to that fear. And doing improv or Toastmasters is one of the best ways to condition yourself to that kind of environment.
Would you rather practice your speaking skills in a extremely supportive setting? Or do trial and error as the manager of your company. That is why joining a club such as Toastmasters can be extremely important for your future success.
The worst thing that can happen is you fail
We are so concerned with failing but forget to realize that from failure, we learn the most. It is often said that the best teacher is failure.
Nobody likes somebody that is perfect all the time without failure because most people can’t relate to that, they’re too busy making mistakes and failing themselves. When you try something and fail, you have a feeling of accomplishment since you at least gave it a shot.
The worst thing in life is wasted potential and not trying to do those things that you always wanted, being paralyzed by your fear of failure.
Take a leap of faith and be courageous.
Let go of worrying about the outcome of taking a chance.
Look your fears in the face
Most of us bow to our fear everyday. It can be a fear of talking to the opposite sex, a real fear of the dark, getting rejected, etc.
We go to great lengths to prevent our fears from becoming reality. It’s a shame to spend a large portion of your life avoiding certain situations or taking proactive steps to prevent them.
When you deal with a little discomfort, you find that you begin to experience more adventures and spontaneity.
Live in the moment and don’t get caught up within your own head.
Taking psychedelics like LSD for example can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone. You sort of see things around you as well as your life in a different way.
Psychedelics allow you to come out of the cave so to speak and see the light. This will allow you to evolve, improvise, and ultimately adapt.
Steve Jobs himself has once stated, “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
Don’t spend money for a day – live frugally
You can also take it one step further and live in poverty. One of the most famous stoic philosophers, Seneca believed in practicing poverty to help face the fear of losing everything. He says, “There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.”
Often times in life, we get so accustomed to our belongings and material possessions, that we want more. We take all those things for granted, and in turn, start turning complacent with our current situation. We are so attached to our “things” or collections and often fear things such as not having money.
So instead of constantly fearing it, encounter it straight in the eye.
Give up your bed for a night.
Live off $2 a day for a week.
Take the bus to work.
Doing those things will only make you far more appreciative of what you DO have in life. It’s also a powerful test of mindfulness, willpower, and resilience. Lao Tzu says, “Find what will last, He who dies and loses nothing is eternal.
Take some time to travel
Take time to travel and experience other cultures. Many people have said that when they began to travel, they began to take on a different perspective in life.
This is because when you travel, you see and experience things that you’ve never before. For those that haven’t traveled, how will you ever know if you like it if you’ve never tried?
When you travel, you’ll end up trying different food and drinks, talking to unfamiliar people, learning to speak another language, etc.
All of this will teach you about the world around you and expand your field of vision as well as overall comfort zone.
Learn to distinguish what you can and can’t control.
You can’t change things, people, or places for the most part. Once you realize this, you reveal a desire to adapt and accept life for what it is.
It is a collection of experiences. The only thing that you can change is the way you live your daily life and respond to people, places, and things.
Engage in the diverse world that we live in. Embrace all that’s around you with an open heart. Learn to be laid back and enjoy yourself.
When was the last time you didn’t know what was going to happen next? Enjoy the unknown.
Do you remember when your heart used to pump hard and your stomach felt different? If not, then you’ve been comfortable for far too long.
It’s time to make a change and bring those same feelings back into your life.
Don’t let your comfort zone control your thoughts and ultimately your life
There are many other ways to break down the barriers of your comfort zone. For example, perusing the internet most of the day won’t help you experience the world with all of its imperfections.
Try to not access your internet for 24 hours if you can. Instead, go outside and do something you haven’t done in a while or haven’t experienced at all.
Go to a coffee shop and read a book instead. Sit next to somebody you don’t know and introduce yourself.
Remember that you are a strong and resilient person that is capable of handling all that life throws at you. The unknown does not have to be scary. You can deal with whatever comes at you in life and greatly enrich it at the same time.