Anyone who knows me, or has spent more than 5 minutes with me will attest to the fact that I am a creature of comfort. I live in my comfort zone and rarely venture out. This is true in nearly every area of my life. When I like a certain song, I’ll play it on repeat till everyone else is sick of it. Also when it comes to food, clothes, tv shows, I tend to be very predictable. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not the best way to live. The past year has been my year of major growth and life changes. One of the biggest ways I’ve grown, has been in the area of living outside of my comfort zone. Today I thought that I would share with you some of the tips that I have learned along the way.
Here are 5 tips to help you break out of your comfort zone and live the life that you were born to live!!
Just do it
The best way to break out of you comfort zone is by simply doing the things that you are afraid of doing. When I was in school, I was a pro at giving myself excuses why things won’t work out. Before I would try any new thing or go to certain places, I would give myself a list of reasons why I shouldn’t be doing those things. Even though they were things that were good for me, the list would come out.
I’ll give you an example- When I was in Pharmacy School, I avoided going for all the social events put together by the faculty. I told myself that I had to study. Even though I knew that it was important to network with those in my class and others within the profession, I convinced myself that I had to study. The truth is that I was scared of being by myself in a potentially awkward situation that I could not control. I knew the truth that those events were beneficial for me then and also for my future career, but I let those excuses keep me from doing what was best.
You have to learn to silence those voices in your head and just do it! Of course you have to be careful that you are not doing anything harmful. If it is something positive that can help you in any way, learn to break out of you comfort zone by just doing it.
2. Do it in small steps
Lets stick with the theme of meeting people in social settings. I’m naturally a very shy person, so in a social setting, you may find me in a corner- on my phone?. When I am tired of that, I will make an excuse and leave early. One thing that you can do is to make it a goal to avoid retreating as early. Try to make conversation with one person that you wouldn’t normally. Take it in small steps and I promise you that next time, it will be less uncomfortable.
3. Don’t be discouraged by negative situations
You’ve heard them say.. whats the worst that can happen anyway? Well a lot can happen. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to let bad/ awkward situations keep you from trying again. Learn from what happened and keep on trying.
4. Allow the people around you to inspire you
The people who inspire me the most are my Husband and my Sister (the other half of Azarya Lifestyle). They are similar in the sense that they appear to be fearless when it comes to trying new things. In terms of fashion, I play it safe while my sister is more likely to take more risks. I learn from her and steal some of her clothes when I lack inspiration on my own. In social settings, they are both very outgoing, while I am more likely to be on my phone. I learned to follow their cue and bounce of the energy they have.
5. Keep practicing
These things don’t change overnight. If you are not getting it or if it is not coming naturally, you just need more time.
I tried to make this post as general as possible. If there is an area in your life where you feel stuck, or like you are afraid of stepping out, try using these simple steps to guide you in having a go at doing things outside your comfort zone.
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