Stretching Your Comfort Zone
For many people, the new year can be seen as a time to explore some of the endless possibilities and opportunities that they have before them. Many times, this can mean abandoning the familiar and seeking out what is new. If you are looking to challenge yourself and step outside of your comfort zone this year, here are some things to keep in mind.
Stretching your comfort zone can involve facing your fears and insecurities. However, breaking out of your usual habits and routines can also be greatly rewarding. It can provide you with the opportunity for personal growth and development. This can be accomplished by activities such as learning new skills, visiting new places, or meeting new people.
Another benefit of stretching your comfort zone is to free yourself of any negative patterns or ways of doing things that may be holding you back. For example, if you tend to shy away from social situations or are afraid of such things as socializing at parties, trying activities that require you to interact with others or be more vocal can help you to overcome these fears and build confidence. Similarly, if you tend to procrastinate or struggle with time management, taking on a new project or challenge that requires you to be more organized and efficient can help you to develop better habits and improve your work ethic.
A further benefit of stretching your comfort zone is the opportunity to break out of the patterns of behaviour that may be impeding your progress. For example, taking a risk and trying something that you always wanted to try but were too afraid to because of a fear of failure can give you the opportunity to find success in new domains, which may increase your confidence. With this new-found confidence, you may be more likely to take on new challenges and find more avenues for further success, which can, in turn, further increase your confidence, creating a positive cycle for you.