Go Out of Your Comfort Zone

Hey y’all, so how many of you actively go out of your comfort zone each day? I’m guessing not a lot, because I’ll be honest, I don’t do it much either in my day-to-day life. Why would we? Our comfort zone is comfortable, that’s why we like it! We don’t feel awkward or uncomfortable, we don’t feel like we won’t fit in or that we’ll be placed in a different situation. But it’s putting yourself out there where you’ll find the greatest rewards.

I don’t know about all of you guys, but I tend to overthink things. It’s always been a bad habit of mine, and it’s something I’m working on breaking, but I’m just not there yet. So instead of just letting a situation be, I tend to overthink it in about 5 different ways. You know the best part of that? It usually never turns out at all like I thought it out, which means I wasted good brain power, and sometimes got myself all worked up and worried over nothing. Not the best thing I could do, but I also found sometimes it keeps me from going out of my comfort zone.

For many, your comfort zone is found within your daily habits. You have a routine in life, and it can be a little unnerving when that routine is broken up by something unexpected. However, some of those broken up routines are where the best things happen for you. If you don’t go out of your way and do something outside of your comfort zone you may never know what you’re missing out on. In many cases, you hear stories of people going out of their comfort zone, for no real reason, and then meeting someone incredibly important to them. If they hadn’t left that comfort zone, they wouldn’t have had that experience. It’s the same thing for trying new things, if you never leave your comfort zone and force yourself to try new things, you’ll never know what else is out there that you’ll love and want to have in your life.

It’s tough, I know, I’ve had to push myself out of it quite a bit, and it’s not always easy. But I can say it’s always worth it. Whether that is going out to a new area to meet new people or going on a trip I wasn’t sure of, I’ve always come out on the other side of it feeling like it was a good choice. Whether you’re debating broadening your horizons culturally or you’re trying to get out there and meet new people, getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to start. Instead of overthinking it, and remember, you’re reading from an overthinker, just try to let things be and just take the plunge. I have faith that God puts us exactly where we are supposed to be at all times, and that He will guide us when it comes to trying new things and breaking out of our comfort zones. Whether you believe that or not, it’s nice to think that things will always have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to.


Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is a tough one for many people, myself included, which is why I decided to tackle it myself. One of my goals for 2019 was to get out of my comfort zone more. Like many, I rather like my comfort zone, but I’m reaching a point where I just need some changes in my life, and the best way to do that is by trying something new. So I’ve decided to do several challenges, per say, to help get myself out of my comfort zone, and I challenge you to do the same thing.

The other night, my friend and I went out to this bar together, and this is no ordinary bar, it also features two dance floors, and they play country music, and it’s a lot of fun to head out and line dance. Now, for some, line dancing would be escaping their comfort zone, but for me, that’s just a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, so that wasn’t the challenge to myself. The challenge to myself was to approach a guy I thought was cute, and try talking to him. I’ve spoken to guys there before, but usually they approach me, or in the case of one guy, we literally collided on the dance floor (he says it was his fault, pretty sure it was mine, either way, it was a nice little conversation and makes for a great story later).  So I decided that I would talk to this guy. I mean, after all, how hard is saying hi to someone you think is cute? It shouldn’t be that difficult, and so I gave it a shot. It took me a bit to work up the nerve to do that, but I did, and while it didn’t really last a long time, I still felt very proud of myself, and I plan on doing it again.

Same thing with other little things that I have on my to-do list that are going to push me outside of my comfort zone. For example, I’ve eaten dinner by myself plenty of times, but I’ve never sat down at a restaurant by myself. Not even at a fast food place, I always get it to go and eat it outside at a table or at my office. So that’s something I am going to challenge myself to do, to go sit at a restaurant by myself, and eat a meal, all on my own. It’ll be quite the push outside of my comfort zone, and I’m excited, but nervous to do it. Same with seeing a movie. I want to challenge myself to go see a movie by myself as well. To some, this isn’t a big deal, but to me, it’s something I’ve never done before.

So with that said, I challenge you to find something that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone, and go do it. It can be seeing a movie by yourself, it can be going to a theme park alone, it can be whatever is outside of your comfort zone. Even if it doesn’t go as well as planned, you can be proud of yourself and pleased with the fact that you followed through on what you said you’d do. So go out there, and break out of that comfort zone.

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