How To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone – Break Through Your Glass Ceiling
It’s much easier to stay within the confines of the familiar than to step out of your comfort zone. And this is completely natural; after all, nobody likes walking into the unknown and facing what it might contain, right?
So you stick to what works and what you are used to. You know, where it is safe and cozy.
Nothing ever bothers you or shocks you or throws you a curveball in a comfort zone. There are no surprises and there are no challenges.
There is also no growth.
And that’s the irony about your relationship with your comfort zone: you are so committed to it even though it is getting you absolutely nowhere.
And you know this!
You know on every level of your consciousness that life expects you to grow. Demands it! It is a law of life that whatever fails to evolve beyond its current sphere of existence eventually dies out.
And yet, we cling to our comfort zones like our lives depend on it – which is the definition of ironic.
It is ironic because you actually miss out on life when you fail to move out of your safe space. You miss out on opportunities. Life passes you by, and before you know it, you are merely existing rather than living.
The allure of stability is so strong and the perfume of the familiar is so overwhelming in our nostrils that we are swayed by it at the expense of more opportunity and prosperity.
We are so anxious about uncertainty and surprises that we choose to find relief in stability and stick to our old habits, even when they no longer serve us.
After all, who would want the emotional pain and risk of walking down unfamiliar paths and entertaining the possibility of making mistakes?
Why You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Look, I’ll keep it real and be honest with you: it is a complete waste of time to play it small.
Life is going to demand that you change anyway, so why play it small?
Because of your fear and anxiety of the unknown?
Choosing to remain in your little swamp where you are the biggest fish in the pond can get boring pretty fast. So why allow fear to keep you there?
Whether you like it or not, life forces you to change. How painful this process is will sometimes be up to you and your ability to move out of the well-known when life requires it.
Think about it!
The call to expand your boundaries usually begins like gentle taps on the shoulder.
You start discovering and recognizing the need to push the boundaries of your comfort zone.
Maybe learn new skills, expand your circle of friends and meet new people, leave that dead-end job and start your own business, leave that unhealthy relationship, and so on and so forth—little things here and there.
But it is at this point that most people hesitate. They ask “What if?” and choose to stay in their cozy area.
And then pretty soon those gentle taps turn into fists.
Because whether you like it or not, life demands you grow and maximize your potential; so why play it small?
The suffering that comes with the need to change is exactly the reason why you need to step out of your comfort zone.
How many people do you know about that finally made life changes due to a one really bad experience or the other?
Personally, I know a friend who needed to go through a heart attack to finally get the courage to fire his boss and set up his coaching business. Of course, the transition was rough and came with a lot of suffering.
But today, years later, he freely admits that the health crisis was the best thing that ever happened to him.
Some People Refuse to Change and So Choose to Hold On to the Suffering
My friend is one of the good examples of people who responded to the call of life to broaden the comfort zones circles. And his life is better for it.
Unfortunately, we all know some people who do the opposite when life comes knocking.
These people hold on to their struggle and suffering, even when the devastating effects on their quality of life are so clear.
The reasons for this are usually emotional, rather than logical.
For example, some people develop an emotional attachment to their illnesses, almost identifying themselves by that ailment.
They wrap their conditions around themselves like a favorite blanket and refuse to let go. They don’t want to let go because they rather stick with the well-recognized than venture out into the unknown. No matter how much hope for recovery might lie therein.
They have grown so comfortable with the familiar and its struggles that they may have thoughts like: If I let go of my depression or my eating disorder, nothing would be left of me. Who will I be then?
In other words, they have come to identify themselves with their comfort zone.
You also have people who will stick with unhealthy relationships no matter how much they get hurt. To those looking on the outside, the reasons to leave are as clear as day.
But to those in the relationship who are most in need of change, the prospect of leaving the relationship is too daunting and scary.
So they remain. They may also be so defined by their unhealthy relationships that the idea of waking up one day and no longer being with their partners is simply unthinkable.
So they choose physical and emotional abuse over the freedom that lies outside of their comfort zones.
You also have people who will stay at a job for years after it becomes clear that they have to leave. Aren’t these the saddest individuals? At the end of their days they look back in regret at the opportunities they passed up because they were too scared to get out of their comfort zone.
And yet, if given a second chance, fear would still probably have them choosing to stick with what they know rather than facing the unknown.
Benefits of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Now, as hard as this might be to accept, there is a reason for hardship. That is – to quicken you out of your comfort zone by making you really uncomfortable within it.
Hardship throws you in the deep end so you get to learn how to swim.
There are simply too many reasons why you should get comfortable with the idea of breaking out of your safe zone rather than get complacent in it.
Some of these include:
- Discovering New Passions: departing your comfort zones requires you to do new things. And let me tell you, in the beginning, a lot of these new things would not feel like fun. But a few of them will grab you by the heart and become new passions of yours. As a result, deepening your quality of life.
- Learning to Deal with Change: Change is inevitable, and learning to deal with it, rather than moan and protest about it, would go a long way towards making your life easy. The best way to do this is by getting comfy with the idea that changes are a natural part of life.
- Making New Friends: A huge part of getting out of your comfort zone entails meeting new people, making connections, and striking up conversations with complete strangers. The majority of people would shy away from this idea, but those who take up the challenge would likely end up with a slew of valuable and interesting new friends or prospects.
- Personal Development: Leaving your comfort zone forces you to challenge yourself to discover new talents and strengths you never knew you had. There is hardly a better time to learn how to swim than when the alternative is sinking.
- Learning About Yourself: When you get out of your comfort zone, all pretensions fall off and you learn the truth about yourself real quick. While this is one of the scariest parts of the process, it is also one of the most rewarding.
- Growing Your Creativity: Learning new things, meeting new people, expanding your mind to new ideas, can only lead to awakening and expansion of your mind and spirit. This would eventually translate to a burst of creative thinking and ideation.
Actionable Steps You Can Take Today To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Like they say, a comfort zone feels like a nice place to be in, but nothing ever grows there. So how do you break free?
Expand Your Identity Circles
Listen, your personality is not set in stone. Abandon that idea right now and embrace freedom. Not even your genetics is beyond altering by challenging your negative thoughts.
So, if you find yourself too scared of the idea of losing your identity in the course of getting out of your comfort zone, simply take the time to cultivate more identity circles.
Take away the fear of losing your old identity by taking up new ones like new skills. Or opening a business, working out, adopting new dress styles, and so on.
Alter Your Thoughts About Change
You are going to suffer rather than gain from change if you continue thinking of it as a terrible thing.
Remember that change is the only constant thing in nature; so start occupying your thoughts with the great things and abundance that come with it.
Stop Being Scared All the Time
God never created you to live like a mouse; scared all the time. You were born with a piece of the divine in you, to create, to take up challenges, progress, and thrive.
Refusing to exercise and explore all these aspects of yourself is sharply against God’s plan for your life. It’s about time you began intentionally strengthening those courageous muscles.
Dream Big Act Small
Set clear goals. Clarity will help you manifest your desires faster. For example, where do you see yourself in 5 years? And then break down your goals into little steps that together would lead you to attain them.
You are less likely to get as scared into paralysis by little steps as you would by thinking about major goals or giant steps.
In addition, don’t get stuck in the planning mode. Dedicate 5% of your time to planning and 95% to doing.
Challenge Yourself To Push Through Fear and Do It Anyway
Everybody feels fear and anxiety when stepping outside of their comfort zone. What differentiates the great from the rest is what you do when the fear of failure arises.
Learn to get over yourself and get on with things. Allow yourself to experience doubts and stress and anxiety, that’s your emotional guidance system in action. And then do what you have to do in spite of them. That’s how to achieve your dreams.
You can talk to your brain and thank it for trying to protect you, but you got this now.
Rewire Your Brain to Step Out of The Comfort Zone
One of the easiest and most hands-free ways to become comfortable with separating from your comfort zone is to train your brain.
When you reshape your reality perceptions, you alter your thinking patterns and this, in turn, alters your behavior.
Subliminal messages are by far the best and easiest way to rewire your brain and experience change in your life.
That’s why I invested so much time and energy into creating the ultimate formula to enable you to quickly step out of your comfort zone without the accompanying fears and anxieties.
You can get it here and start changing your life in just a few days.
Ultimately, wherever you are in life, that situation becomes a comfort zone, and eventually, a glass ceiling appears which we have to break through if we are to experience evolvement fulfillment.
And as you keep reaching beyond the confines of what you are familiar with, so too will your capacity to cope with challenges.
Eventually, what scared you this year will not even cause you to pause next year. And it is within that mode of living that you begin to thrive.