Leaving Your Comfort Zone In 6 Incredible Simple Steps

Leaving Your Comfort Zone In 6 Incredible Simple Steps

By Hoffi โ€ข Updated on August 12, 2019

Neale Donald Walsch, a well-known American author, once said:

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

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In this article you will get a simple & easy to follow step-by-step guide to finally overcome your fears and get the most out of your life.

What is the comfort zone anyway?

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If you do the same things as always and walk through your life without any great challenge, then you are in your comfort zone. The comfort zone covers the areas of your life where you feel competent and in good hands.

No uncertainty. No risk. No fear.

Although the name suggests it, it is not always pleasant to be in the comfort zone. Especially if you have not left her for a long time, this can be very unpleasant…

Then you have the feeling that your life gets more and more boring and you hardly learn new things. And you would like to leave the comfort zone, but you don’t, because your fear holds you back.

In this case it’s time to get ready for a new adventure and enter the learning zone!

The learning zone and the panic zone

Most people have a very simplified picture of the comfort zone in their head. It looks something like this:

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In order to develop a better understanding of the comfort zone and your possibilities, however, you should rather imagine it this way:

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There are infinitely many different life situations that all challenge you in different ways. These situations cannot be divided into two clear categories.

There are smooth transitions and lots of grey areas. Even outside your comfort zone the situations are different for you.

In your learning zone are the things that really bring you to life. You feel a stimulating stress and a slight nervousness. In this zone your performance is particularly high.

In the panic zone, on the other hand, your performance drops radically. You can’t concentrate and go crazy. This zone is not ideal for your development.

Let me explain it with an example:

If you go to work on the same track every day, watch the same series in the evening and go to the same bar with the same friends every weekend, then you are in the middle of your comfort zone.

It might be a bit boring there from time to time, but you feel comfortable and safe. Everything else that is new and unknown to you is outside your comfort zone.

The things you keep a clear head on and can somehow control are in your learning zone. And the things where your heart races too fast and your knees begin to tremble are in your panic zone.

What's the point of leaving your comfort zone?

Why would you even do that to yourself, leaving your comfort zone?

Why should you venture out of your comfortable everyday life into the dangerous, unsafe world?

First of all, there are all the consequences of a life without challenges…

You do not develop further, you have less and less energy available and your everyday life becomes more and more boring and frustrating.

And the dangerous world out there also offers an unbelievable number of opportunities to expand your limits and improve your life.

If you become active frequently and leave your comfort zone, your limits will shift further and further. Things that used to be in the panic zone suddenly become part of the learning zone. And all these successes give you more energy and strengthen your self-confidence.

Here is an overview of the benefits you will feel as soon as you leave your comfort zone:

  • You become more courageous
  • You will become more successful
  • Your fears will ease
  • You feel more relaxed and satisfied.
  • You’re gaining new experience.
  • You worry less
  • You feel more alive.
  • Your energy level is rising
  • You get more out of your potential

Maybe I have forgotten one or the other advantage, but these points should be motivation enough already…

And so that you also know how you can leave your comfort zone without completely overtaxing yourself, now follows my 8 – step – guidance.

Are you ready? Then have fun!

Step 1: Find a challenge

First of all, you need to find something that’s in your learning zone. For some it’s a conversation with a stranger, for others it means jumping out of an airplane. These zones are individual and therefore only you can find out for yourself.

Step 2: Make a realistic plan

Create a plan that binds you to your undertaking. Be realistic and avoid the panic zone.

If you are very shy and can hardly look strangers in the eyes, you should not plan to talk to your dream partner tomorrow. That only leads to unnecessary setbacks and discouragement because you don’t dare.

Instead, chat a few nice words with a cashier or ask someone for directions on the street. So you can expand your learning zone in small steps until you are ready for more difficult tasks.

The best thing to do is to draw up the plan in writing and set a date by which you must implement it. Be as precise as possible. This makes it easier for you to implement the plan. A great way to do that is the S.M.A.R.T Method.

Step 3: Be aware of the advantages

We need good reasons to take action. That’s why you have to actively create motivation in yourself…

The whole thing is very simple:

Imagine how awesome your life will be when you have overcome your fears and achieved your goal. Was there a moment in your life when you faced a challenge and mastered it? How did that feel? If you are looking forward to the reward and you can’t wait to get the challenge behind you, then it will suddenly be easy for you to become active.

Step 4: Just get started

Once you have your plan, you just have to start! Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Instead of thinking things over ten times, just start.

You’ve finally decided to do a parachute jump? Then sit down at the computer today and find out where and when such jumps are offered. It’s best to book the jump on the same day. Then there is no way back.

Or do you want to become better at dealing with other people? Then spontaneously sign up for a meetup near you today, where you are forced to talk to strangers.

The first step is often the most important. So just do it. Best today!

Step 5: Recognize excuses

When we don’t want to do something, we automatically look for excuses.

We don’t think “I’m afraid to do it”, but we look in our brain for reasons why we shouldn’t do it.

Typical examples are:

  • “I just don’t have enough time for that right now.”
  • “Why should I do that? I also feel good when I don’t.”
  • “It costs way too much.”
  • “I’d better wait for a better opportunity.”

Often these excuses are even true. But they still don’t help you.

In those moments when you start looking for excuses, you need a particularly high level of awareness not to let yourself be dissuaded.

The following 3 steps can help you:

  1. Recognize the excuses: The most important thing is to recognize the excuses. Make it clear to yourself that you are not thinking rationally right now, but only looking for excuses because you are afraid.
  2. Remember the advantages: Think of the advantages that await you after the task. Then your motivation will immediately increase again.
  3. Imagine the worst-case scenario: To put a stop to the worries, it can help to imagine the worst-case scenario. Imagine the worst that could happen. You will often notice that this idea is much more harmless than expected. And because you then know that you have nothing to fear in reality, the excuses lose their power.

Also remember: You have made a plan and you are planning to go through with it. So don’t let yourself be distracted in the last few meters by your inner pig, but finish what you have set out to do.

Step 6: Learn to deal with fears

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Fear is something very exciting. In the moments when the fear comes up in you, you can no longer think clearly. Everything in you is reluctant to face the fear…

But exactly this is often the best and “easiest” way! In moments of fear, it’s not much use to imagine things or think about the benefits. Your brain won’t even think of any advantages at this moment…

Dealing with one’s own fear is one of the most important things one can learn in life.

Here are 2 simple tips to face your fears:

  • Take a deep breath: Take a deep breath and relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is for you to think clearly again and to overcome your fear.
  • Act despite the fear: Accept the fear, feel it, but act anyway. Take up your challenge. Do it despite the fear! And I guarantee you: After that you will feel damn good.

Step 7: See mistake as a helper

Many people are afraid of making mistakes. They would rather do nothing than try something and fail.

I would advise you to see mistakes in a different light. If you fail in one thing, ask yourself: “What did I learn?” and “How does this experience help me for my future life?

Many successful people have very often failed. They learned so much that it was possible for them to celebrate these successes later.

Every mistake makes you more experienced and smarter!

Step 8: Reward yourself properly

Do you know why many people quickly lose the desire to challenge themselves? Because they forget to reward themselves properly!

If you take on a challenge, then you should celebrate it properly.

Of course, you don’t need a night of drinking followed by a three-day hangover, but it’s also enough if you simply do something good for yourself.

Just make sure you’re rewarding yourself for success, so your brain is motivated to celebrate another success. Then at some point you won’t find it difficult to take on new challenges.

Exercise 1: 30 days of ice-cold showering

That’s it with the 8 steps. Now comes the practice!

And there is no better start than the ice-cold shower. You can do it at home. You can do it today. It costs nothing. And no additional effort is necessary.

But why should you do that at all? I have often heard incomprehensible comments about itย “Why tho? Why are you taking a cold shower?”

Here are a few advantages, except that you leave your comfort zone and master a new challenge:

  • A cold shower gets your circulation going (you have more energy)
  • It strengthens your immune system
  • It boosts fat burning.
  • It has an antidepressant effect.

And there are a lot more studies that show what positive effects a cold shower can have.

You don’t have to take a cold shower all the time. You can shower as usual and only set the temperature as cold as possible at the end of 30-60 seconds. This alone has a positive effect.

Now you can of course think “So many advantages and so easy to do. Why doesn’t almost everyone do that?” Because it is unpleasant! You have to overcome yourself every time anew and leave your comfort zone to take an ice-cold shower.

That’s why many people don’t even try it out and only a few really make it through.

If you are looking for a way to leave your comfort zone today without much effort, the ice-cold shower is ideal.

Exercise 2: Lie down in a walkway

The execution is quite simple: lie down for 2 minutes in a full and busy pedestrian zone. Yes, you heard right. Just lie there, in the middle of the path. This is completely crazy, but you will learn some exciting things.

On the one hand you will notice that most people don’t care what you do. They won’t notice you at all. In fact, they are often embarrassed, even though they are the walking person.

On the other hand you will notice that there is nothing to fear. Nothing will happen to you, even if someone thinks you are crazy.

However, this task is already a greater challenge than the cold shower, which means that overcoming it is harder, but you feel all the better afterwards.

Exercise 3:ย Go out alone!

Many things that make you feel comfortable with friends suddenly become very unpleasant on your own.

It is a good quality to be able to do things alone and have fun.

If next time none of your friends has time or desire, then take advantage of it. Just go celebrate on your own and see who you meet. Or do this activity, which you always wanted to do, but always suppressed, because there was nobody who would do it with you. Or go travelling alone. You gain so many new experiences.

It takes courage to do things alone. But it is worth it!

Conclusion: Leaving your comfort zone

Leaving the comfort zone is an ingenious tool to develop and learn new things. It takes a lot of courage and perseverance to leave your comfort zone. But in the end you look at all the crazy things you have dared to do and are happy to have tackled them.

Don’t wait until courage finds you. Find the courage!

Take the plunge into the unknown!

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