7 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
- Travel to a foreign country, learn the language and live like the locals.
- Quit your job to start your own business.
- Take a 1-year sabbatical and sail the seas.
- Enter an Adventure race.
- Zip line when you are afraid of heights.
- Take Ballroom dance lessons and enter a dance competition.
- Sell or rent out your home, put all your stuff in storage and vagabond in Europe for 1 year.
Imagine if you will, hopping on a plane to visit a country where you can’t speak the language, don’t know anyone and don’t know your way around. Simple tasks like taking a taxi, using the pay phone or ordering a meal become extremely challenging. What would you do in this situation?
Quit Your Job
Do you believe that you are an indispensable, irreplaceable employee? Do you think it’s safer to stay at your job rather than start your own business because the latter is riskier? So you’d rather put your livelihood, the ability to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head in the hands of your boss?
What if your boss makes bad business decisions and you’re laid off as a result? Don’t you often have better ideas then your boss but don’t mention them for fear of being ridiculed?
You can make mistakes just like him, so it isn’t any riskier to be self-employed than you think. Do you know the best part of being self-employed? You can’t EVER be laid off…..think about it. What if you left your job to start your own business?
Sail the Seas
You took sailing lessons and often spend a full day sailing. You love the solitude, gentle rolling of the waves, wind in the sails and the sense of freedom. One day you decide to take a day long sailing trip and visit some outlying islands. You just can’t get enough of this life, so you pack only the essentials, leave everyone you know behind and set sail for a year. Could you sail the seas solo?
Do you have the mental toughness, perseverance, and endurance to run an adventure race? An adventure race is a 3-hour mini triathlon. You have 1 hour each to bike, hike, and canoe. You must navigate each course with only map and compass (no GPS), find designated control points along the trail, and punch a card to prove you made the checkpoints. Could you run an adventure race?
You’re standing on a wood platform in a tree 60 feet in the air. You attach the pulley to the steel cable that stretches for 300 feet to another tree deep in the woods. You move your clip from the orange safety line and place it behind the pulley. You do the same with your second clip, and pull on your gloves. You sit in your harness, place your hand atop the pulley, push off and “fly” down the line, with no safety net. Could you try zip lining?
Shall We Dance?
Have you watched “Dancing With the Stars”? Could you practice dance for 6-8 hours a day, 6 days a week to learn a ballroom dance routine? Could you compete or perform in front of an audience of millions?
Vagabond in Europe for 1 year
Have you traveled to Europe on one of those 14-day 7-country trips? Would you like to see more countries at a leisurely pace? Could you sell or rent your home, store all your stuff in storage and take off to Europe for 1 year?
Don’t Let Fear Stop You
We all live with fears everyday, but it helps to put them in perspective. The worst thing about fear is that it keeps us from trying new things. This is an excerpt from a post called , “The Great Fear” written by Russ Roca of the Path Less Pedaled.
The Great Fear is what stops people in their tracks. It is what turns dreams into dust.
For me, I have what I will call, for lack of a better term, My Greater Fear. It is that I will live a perfectly unexceptional existence with this exceptional chance I have been given. My Greater Fear is that I will rot beneath a matrix of fluorescent lights staring at the carpeted walls of a cubicle, or that I will wake knowing exactly what I will be doing every minute of every day for the rest of my waking life, or that I will wait until I am old and enfeebled to give myself permission to live.
In the face of My Greater Fear, which I think is far more likely, I choose to jump and embrace the Great Fear.
I can relate to this….can you? The scariest thing I ever did was get a divorce and strike out on my own. Since then, I’ve hiked mountains, traversed canyons, rock-climbed, zip-lined, entered ballroom dance competitions, and run an adventure race. After each of these adventures, I felt an AWESOME sense of power!
Each time you face a fear and conquer it, you grow a little more confident. Soon you become an adrenaline junkie, and find yourself looking for the next challenge, the next adventure, the next opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.
So come on, what are you afraid of? Face it, try it…..JUST DO IT! It doesn’t matter if you fall flat on your butt….the point is you faced the fear….and now you can face the next one….and the next one….and the next one.