Fear can be a good thing; it has its benefits. It keeps us safe from danger, it makes us cautious when we need to be, and it keeps us out of dangerous situations. But when our fear gets out of hand, it can hold us back. It can keep us from doing things that would be good for us, it can keep us from being brave when we need to be, and it can limit our quality of life if we let it get way too out of control.
I’ve written before about why it’s so important to step out of your comfort zone and take risks. Your comfort zone can hold you back from doing things that would be good for you. From big things, like moving somewhere new to smaller things, like asking your boss for a raise. But I’ve never discussed how you can find the courage to actually leave your comfort zone. So, I wanted to talk about that today. 🙂
Here are 7 ways you can help yourself step out of your comfort zone and overcome your fears!
1- Remember how important it is.
When you’re scared of stepping outside of your comfort zone, sometimes it can help to simply remember why it’s such a good idea. Remind yourself that some of the best things happen outside of our comfort zone. It can bring about amazing opportunities, it can challenge you and it can help you grow. Keeping this in mind could help you realize that the rewards definitely outweigh the risks!
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2- Become more aware of your fears.
What things do you want to do but are afraid of doing? Write down anything you can think of that you really want to do, but are too scared to do for some reason. Then brainstorm and write down exactly why you think you’re afraid of doing each of these things. This not only helps you realize your fears or any patterns of fears that you have, but it also helps you come up with stronger solutions to help you overcome those fears.
3- Start with small things that challenge you.
If you need to, you could always start out with baby steps to help you build momentum. Start by stepping out of your comfort zone in tiny ways, such as shaking up your daily routine by doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Take a different route to work, try a new restaurant for dinner, dye your hair a color you’ve never tried, say hi to strangers. Starting with smaller things can allow you to get more comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and build up your confidence to try bigger things.
4- Visualize the growth you’ll experience.
When we’re scared or uncomfortable doing something, we’re usually thinking about all that could go wrong. We’re letting our fears hold us back and that stops us from going through with it. So, flip the script. Think about all the great things that could happen if you step out of your comfort zone. Visualize the growth you’ll experience, visualize how it could improve yourself or your life. Create a powerful image of yourself succeeding every time you’re about to let fear hold you back.
5- Ask for help if you need it.
As I’ve said manymanymany times, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Whether you need advice, someone to talk to, or someone to face your fears with you. Also, if your fear is really strong or interfering with your quality of life, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional.
6- Coach yourself through it.
You don’t need to invest in a life coach to help you coach you through stepping out of your comfort zone. Just ask yourself questions to help you change your perspective and elevate your thinking. Ask yourself things like:
- What makes me so uncomfortable with doing this?
- What’s the worst that could happen if I do this?
- Could I survive the worst case scenario?
- What’s the best that could happen if I do this?
- How could I grow or benefit from it?
7- Understand that it’s okay to fail.
If you try to step out of your comfort zone and you fail, that’s okay. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back from even trying. Many of the most successful people in the world have failed at least once, if not multiple times. And that’s okay – it’s better to try and fail than to not even try at all. Trying your best is what matters. Stepping out of your comfort zone and failing is actually a good thing, in my opinion, because it shows how strong you were to even try in the first place.
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What fears do you want to overcome by stepping outside of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments!