8 ways to step out of your comfort zone

1. Daring to wear something different

It’s so easy to follow trends in fashion even if you may not be crazy about denim shirts or skinny jeans.  If you’ve had your eye on that one loud, patterned shirt at Carl Sterr’s store for some time, go buy it! Don’t be afraid to express yourself, even if it may make you feel uneasy at first.

2. Taking a trip somewhere new

There are so many novel landscapes and unique cultures to experience in the world.  Everyone has at least one place on their mind that they want to go see, whether it’s flying out to Thailand or camping at Yosemite.  Traveling can be scary but you will always come back with a broader perception.

3. Trying a new activity

One of the hardest things for people to commit to is taking the time for themselves to become better.  Mental and physical health is so important, and affects how you feel day-to-day and how you manage your emotions.  Try a new activity like yoga, hiking, meditating or reading.  Once you spend a few weeks incorporating it into your daily habits, it will become a routine!  

4. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

Perhaps the most important lesson people can learn is that once you step out of your comfort zone, things will start changing for the better.

5. Instead of getting discouraged when you fail, have the determination to get up and try again.

Accepting failure can be challenging, but if you look at it as an opportunity for improvement, you will start to see more success.

6. Recognize when you’re making excuses for yourself

It’s common for people to tell themselves reasons why they can’t do something.  Learning to recognize when you’re making an excuse for yourself can be uncomfortable to realize, but rewarding in the aftermath.

7. Face something that you fear

Public speaking is a fear that most people like to avoid. But in order to grow, people must face things that make them feel uncomfortable.  Try volunteering next time at work to present the next business idea.  It may seem difficult at first, but it will definitely help you grow as a communicator.

8. Start a conversation with someone you normally wouldn’t

I often see people stuck in their phones waiting in line for their morning coffee.  It can be difficult for people to start conversations with strangers, but making new connections is important and can potentially benefit you!

Life is about growing and changing, but if we don’t step out of our comfort zones, we will always be stuck in the same stagnate place.  Try accomplishing one of these tasks this week and see how you feel after!