“Great things never came from comfort zones.”
How often do you push yourself out of your comfort zone? It’s not easy, I know. After all, there’s a reason it’s called the *comfort* zone and not the *uncomfort* zone. (Okay, uncomfort is not a word. I know. Whatever.)
About four years ago, I did a post titled “10 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.” Today, I want to share ten *more* ways you, the person reading this, can step out of your comfort zone.
It’s scary and challenging and thrilling, all at once. And maybe it won’t be worth it, or maybe it will. The only way you can know is to try…
- Change your route to or from work, even if only for a day. Take a different street, or a different highway exit. Maybe it means you need to leave for work a bit earlier, or you’ll get home a few minutes late. Time doesn’t matter, really, does it? Just change it up. Look at things through fresh eyes, and try to see things you’ve never noticed before. You’d be surprised what simply changing your route can do to freshen things up.
- Try a new form of art. Art is such a wonderful, all-encompassing form of expression. Maybe you’re an artist, or maybe (like me) you’re… well… not. Either way, try some new form of art; there are so many! Singing, dancing, watercolors, pottery, modeling, caricatures, film-making, writing… I could go on and on.
- Figure out what your bad habits are. Then change one of them. It’s admittedly hard to acknowledge our faults or bad habits. Today, try to figure out what your bad habits are, and then work to change one of them. Maybe you bite your nails. Maybe you doubt yourself. Maybe you drink too much coffee. Try to change that, starting today.
- Watch a documentary. This is one of the simplest (laziest?) ways to challenge your comfort zone. Watch a documentary about people from another country; about a religion you know nothing about; or about some other topic you’re not familiar with. Listen, watch, learn. Grow.
- Do one thing that scares you… every day.
- Determine your goals. Then do something, regularly, to move forward toward achieving them. What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to be in six months, a year, five years? It may seem daunting, so start small, but work to figure it out. Then figure out how you’re going to get there – and do it.
- Change up your look, in a small or big way. Get a haircut, or extensions. Dye your hair. Try new makeup. Try new clothes. Do something to change up your look. If you don’t like it, you can always change it.
- Create a bucket list. This kind of relates to #6 above, but is more of a long-term thing. What things would you like to try in the span of your life? I made my bucket list years ago. Maybe some things on it aren’t exactly realistic, and my goals change as my life/living situation changes. But I think it’s important for me to have that base to refer to.
- Try something new each week. Each week, at least one new thing. You may find interests or hobbies you enjoy but never knew about!
- Write. Even if you’re not a writer. Write something; a letter, a poem, a story, a song. It’ll help you connect with the world around you and what you’re feeling; and yes, it’s okay if you’re the only one who ever sees it.
What do you like to do to push yourself out of your comfort zone?