Moving outside of your comfort zone isn’t always necessary, but sometimes it can allow you to see or take advantage of new opportunities. But how do you know if you’re just enjoying comfort as opposed to being stuck there? Here are a few of the warning signs:
You Pass Up Opportunities
If opportunities for career advancement keep passing you by, it could mean that you are stuck in your comfort zone.
Being comfortable in your career can be a nice feeling, but it is also natural to want to move up in the career path. Unless you’re working at your dream job, chances are your current position was meant to be a stepping stone to something greater.
If that’s the case and you have lost sight of that goal, it could be because you became complacent and stopped testing the limits of your comfort zone.
You Have A Fixed Routine
It is normal to have some kind of a routine, but if yours is identical from week to week or day to day and deviating from that routine unsettles you, it could be that you have created your routines in order to avoid leaving your comfort zone.
The good news is that gradually deviating from a routine can be a good way to work on expanding your comfort zone.
You Avoid Meeting New People
Because everyone is different, pretty much everyone that you spend time with can push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Avoiding new people can be a way of preserving your comfort zone.
If the threat to your comfort zone is so great that you avoid meeting new people to save it, you are likely to become increasingly entrenched. You’re more likely to continue to pass up opportunities to meet new people and try new things.
Meeting new people isn’t only important because it can be fun and enlightening. It is also practically important because most jobs require you to meet new people.
Even if you don’t have a job, you likely need to interact with healthcare providers, service providers, and other people from time to time.
You Avoid Trying New Things
Everyone has activities that don’t sit right with them, that they know that they would never try. For most people, however, these are dangerous activities that they are unlikely to ever need to do, like skydiving or bungie jumping.
If for you this kind of thing is going on a plane, or going to a big city, these are things that you are much more likely to have to do in order to take advantage of practical, real world opportunities and that the boundaries of your comfort zone could be holding you back.
You Don’t Like Going Outside
For some people, staying within their comfort zone becomes so important that they are reluctant to leave their homes.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying being in your home and spending time there, but if it’s difficult for you to leave your home because you are easily shaken by new or awkward experiences, you should consider expanding your comfort zone.
There are also a lot of resources on line and in most communities that can help people with this kind of problem.
Consider calling a local crisis or support hotline for sensitive and expert advice specific to your situation. People from this kind of organization are also more likely to make house-calls than your primary care provider or a therapist.
When You Go Outside Your Comfort Zone
Taking that scary step into the unknown may be the single best thing you do for yourself.
New experiences and learning new skills can ultimately open new doors. These present you with wonderful opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise stumbled upon.
You must believe in yourself, trust your abilities, and be willing to take a few risks.
You’ll quickly discover that was once frightening and unimaginable has become your new norm. You’ve acquired new a new set of dreams that you aren’t afraid to go after, risks and all. Life is a journey with numerous lessons, ups and downs along the way.
It’s how you respond to these ups and downs that is a measure of your character and inner strength. Ideal situations do not test your resilience. Then when the tides are against you, that’s when you must have an inherent desire to prevail, motivation and a strong sense of self.
Here are some lessons you will gain once you step outside your comfort zone.
You’ll learn new things
Learning is a continuous process, no matter how old you are or how many degrees you have. It’s essential in order to get the most out of life. Be curious and ask questions.
You’ll gain knowledge and experience, as well as expand your potential and grow as a person, no matter what your profession is. And you’ll push your limits further, enabling you to become better and stronger than before. That is freedom.
You’ll boost your self-confidence
Once you try going outside your comfort zone, you’ll discover that things aren’t really as bad as you had pictured it would be. This alone is a huge boost to self-confidence.
Our imagination certainly gets the better of us and holds us back. It bores into our minds how scary the world is and reminds us of all the bad things that can happen.
Yet it’s exactly this venturing into the unknown that builds you up to be the strong, brave version of yourself you’ve always pictured but never dared act on.
Overcoming that fear builds confidence and pride. You may not succeed the first time, or every time, but you persevere. And that’s the mark of a truly courageous, unbeatable human being.
But courage is a like a muscle, you need to train it constantly by experiencing new things and meeting new people, and you’ll never do that unless you push yourself to try the things you’re afraid of.
You’ll meet new people
Meeting new people can feel awkward and uncomfortable. You get so wrapped up in work and life that you don’t feel the need to put in the effort of adding stressful moments, like introducing yourself to someone, into your life.
So, you do with your close group of friends and family members and that’s that. But meeting someone for the first time doesn’t have to be all that stressful.
We put so much pressure on that one moment that we forget all the possibilities that lie ahead. What could it mean to add a fresh face into your social or professional circle?
New people can open up opportunities and possibilities, even if you don’t become best friends; you’ll have had a chance to see things from a new perspective.
Trying to avoid any opportunity for growth will make you feel stuck and mediocre. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you truly deserve.
You’ll become unstoppable
You’ll hit many bumps on the road of life, but each time you find your inner strengths to figure out a way to resolve it, you’ll become stronger and wiser. These are the situations that shape your character.
And as you grow, you become more determined, a force to be reckoned with. And as you move from one teaching moment to the next, new possibilities will present themselves. You’ll feel encouraged to live life to the fullest without anything holding you back.