Are you stuck in a rut? Do you need a change? Are you looking for a new goal? As a lifelong learner you will find that stepping out of your comfort zone can provide many opportunities to improve your wellness and personal development. Trying new activities, exploring new experiences, and opening yourself to new ideas inspire and teach in a powerful way. Often the outcome is a fresh perspective, a new sense of purpose, and enhanced relationships.
The potential for growth and reward is often worth the risk and stress of stepping out of your comfort zone. Milton (2019), outlines some tips to step out of your comfort zone and embrace personal growth.
**Start small…identify your goal and determine how you can move forward (step-by-step) to reach the goal
**Release your insecurities…be confident in your abilities to achieve your goal
**Learn for the experience…embrace the process
As you take on the challenge to step out of your comfort zone, you may need to redefine what failure means and understand that personal growth through lifelong learning could be uncomfortable. Remember….reinventing yourself can be a rewarding process.
Duckworth’s sketchnote depicts Nowik (n.d.) article “10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone.” Nowik states,
“There’s one priceless feeling you’ll definitely experience provided you embrace discomfort: when people around you start talking about the changes you have made and how you inspired them to do the same. The motivation which comes from that is immeasurable.”
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt