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How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
12/11/2014


Refusing to leave your comfort zone is normally how you get stuck in life. Here's how to break free: 

  1. Be aware of what your comfort zone is.  What makes you uncomfortable? Approaching people? Doing something physical? Taking a difficult class? Being ignored or sounding stupid? You need to get clarity on the things you're trying to overcome in order to overcome them.

  2. Start sneaking into your discomfort zone.  Do something that is the total opposite of you. If you're an artsy-craftsy type of person, try something hardcore like climbing a mountain. If you're scared to break up with someone because you're afraid of being alone, face the discomfort so you can learn to be in a relationship out of desire, not desperation. Don't do what you think you'll be able to do - do what makes you think to yourself, "I can't do this; I must be out of my mind." Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

  3. See failure as a learning experience. The most successful people will all tell you the same thing - their magnitude of success is directly proportional to how many times they've failed. Failure is the only way we really learn. Unsuccessful people experience a hint of failure and give it up instead of asking, "OK, what do I do to change." Because the world isn't going to change for you - YOU have to change.


Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Personal Responsibility, Relationships, Values
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