I’m super excited to be partnering with GenTwenty and Nicole Booz (the founder) this month to give you guys some extra sweet content! Similarily to Lydia-Lois, GenTwenty is all about giving twenty somethings the tools and advice they need to survive this wonderful decade of our lives!
Today she has put together an awesome post about getting outside your comfort zone and if I didn’t know any better I would think she was writing it only to me! Later this month I’ll be sharing my honeymoon on a budget over on GenTwenty so make sure to look out for that! But without further ado I’ll let her start talking! ;)
P.S. Make sure to read through to the bottom to sign up for her free 7 day challenge that I may or may not be signing up for as well! ;)
Now let’s get to it!
3 Tips Not-So-Extreme Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard the saying “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
I sure have.
I believe in a different version of this saying: “Life begins when you expand your comfort zone.”
No matter how much you try, you’ll never grow or reach your full potential if you stay where you are most comfortable.
Growth happens when we are challenged, encouraged to think in new ways, and expose ourselves to new experiences.
But how exactly are you supposed to do that?
Well, my friend, what they don’t tell you is that getting outside of your comfort zone doesn’t mean backpacking around Europe alone or summiting Mount Everest. Getting outside of your comfort zone and giving yourself space to grow is as easy as making one tiny change every single day.
It really is that simple. Here are 3 tips to help you push yourself outside of your comfort zone on a daily basis.
Expose yourself to something you’ve never seen or experienced before.
That sounds insanely simple, right? Almost too easy. But think about it: How often do you see new things? Most of us tend to experience the same things day in and day out without pushing ourselves beyond our routines.
Doing this means walking a new block, striking up a conversation with a stranger, trying a new drink, saying “yes” to that blind date, or running five miles instead of four.
Expand that comfort zone, and give yourself the opportunity to grow.
Ask yourself, “How can I make myself uncomfortable?”
In general, we know the difference between what makes us feel safe and secure, and what makes us feel nervous or even anxious. Your goal is to encourage yourself to do what will make you feel uncomfortable.
Will it make you uncomfortable to volunteer for that project? Do it.
Will it make you uncomfortable to sign up for that half marathon? Do it.
Will it make you uncomfortable to have lunch with co-workers? Do it.
Will it make you uncomfortable to work in a new coffee shop? Do it.
These things are simple but they give you confidence to expand your comfort zone inch by inch until you are ready to take bigger leaps.
Destress and disconnect.
Stress can be motivating, but it can be debilitating, too. Being online and engaging in social media all week long puts your mind under extra, unnecessary stress that takes a toll on your well-being. In fact, we spend so much time on social media that it’s become incredibly uncomfortable for us to even be away from our phones for an extended period of time. Yikes.
The fear of missing out (or FOMO) can be incredibly paralyzing for twenty-somethings. We become so wrapped up in a digital world that we forget to live the life that is right in front of us. If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, try turning your phone off for a day.
If you’re thinking, “but wait a second, Nicole! I thought you said this was “not-so-extreme” ways to break out of my comfort zone?” I hear you. If staying out of touch for a day leaves you feeling really uncomfortable, try starting with a three hour block of time and work your way up to 24 hours from there. You can do it, I believe in you.
These are 3 methods I use in my daily life when I start to feel too comfortable. When I notice I haven’t tried anything new or challenged myself or am simply too caught up in what’s happening online to focus on myself.
The final message I want to leave you with is to open yourself up to the opportunities that are around you. We close ourselves off too often and subsequently miss out on the possibilities to improve ourselves, meet incredible people, and experience life as it was meant to be.
We challenge you to get out of your comfort zone in the #G20ComfortZoneChallenge
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