We’ve all heard it – “Get out of your comfort zone, push your limits.. it’ll be good for you!” While most of us nod blankly in agreement, the question is, how many of us really go out there and implement it? The world is getting increasingly competitive where only the fittest can survive. So, step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and embrace uncertainty with open arms, you’ll be glad you did! Here’s why:
1. You deal with life, like a hero!
Are you guilty of looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses, pretending like uncertainty and fear are alien concepts? Stop. While comfort has a familiar flavor, exploring the unknown tastes divine. When we look at things differently, dealing with sudden and unexpected changes becomes easier.
Taking controlled risks and doing things you normally would not is a brilliant way to taste uncertainty. By learning to step out of our comfort zones, we are better prepared to catch the sudden curve balls life throws at us!
2. Your productivity hits an all-time high!
People often tend to use being busy as a sham to stay in their comfort zones and avoid new challenges. But comfort thwarts productivity. That little bit of discomfort that arises from having to cope with expectations and deadlines tends to encourage productivity, as people are generally more driven when they’re walking a tightrope. Pushing our boundaries helps us think and work smarter and hit our stride much sooner.
3. Productive discomfort doesn’t scare you anymore
When we are too comfortable, we are not productive. Once we are open to change and okay with discomfort, it gets easier to push our boundaries. As we learn to leave our comfort zone, it gets easier with time and helps get better accustomed to the state of optimal anxiety. Productive discomfort does not seem scary and we become increasingly willing to push ourselves to consistently deliver our best.
4. Spot-on decisions come naturally to you
For those who are used to thinking on their feet, something as simple as slowing down leads to discomfort. Guilty as charged? Well then, slow down. Look around, observe, absorb and interpret everything you see, only then intervene. Breaking down your walls and letting go of that compelling, authoritative need to take instant decisions could propel you out of your comfort zone. Slow down, breathe, think – you’ll see, the right decisions will just come to you.
5. You learn to take risks, you truly grow
Natural human nature is to fear failure. Holding back and hesitating to attempt new things are the obvious consequences. However, this prevents us from harnessing our true potential for growth and transformation, impedes exploring the unknown, and ultimately narrows down our personality.
Taking risks and looking beyond what’s easy is bound to involve faltering and facing difficulties, but the key is to get beyond that and take risks without letting the fear of failure take over. This is how we keep learning, this is how we grow.