Back in March, I came up with a goal to go live on my Facebook Page 15 times during the month. I drafted content ideas but when the time came to step out and do the videos the fear of leaving my comfort zone was too much.
Now looking back I know that staying in our comfort zone’s can result in consistent, steady creativity, stepping out of your comfort zone into a new and challenging idea can create even better conditions for your productivity. Think about it: Did you ever do something you were really proud of when you were on autopilot?
It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don’t be afraid to start slow. The best thing to do is identify your fears, write down what your fear is and what would happen if your fear was realised. Would that be enough to stop you from continuing with stepping out of your comfort zone? No? Then crack on.
Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, there are those that are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over. Sometimes making a snap decision is in order, it can get things moving forward. It can help you kickstart your projects and teach you to trust your judgement. Make sure it resonates with you and your gut first though.
Picking a goal or challenge that scares you slightly open you up to a new mindset and it helps you to overcome those fears. The fear never really goes away you just learn how to ride that energy.
Stepping out of your comfort zone even once can make it easier and more likely you’ll do it again. It has been proven that when you’re challenging yourself and open to new experiences you’re more likely to achieve more creatively.
At the other end of the scale though is the possibility that you push yourself too far. Stepping out of your comfort zone can improve performance and creative levels but when pushed too far whether because the pressure overwhelms us, too little time to do everything we desire or because of a lack of support, stress appears and can reduce stress and productivity.
Remember tomorrow is a new day.
“It helps to remember that what doesn’t kill you generally really does make you stronger — you will survive, you will heal, you will learn something, you will have a better chance of emerging unscathed next time.” — Nate Waddoups