Have you ever thought about how you keep on doing the same things over and over again? Be it a small part of your routine as buying the same brand of tissue paper or going to the same restaurant. There is something about doing the same things again and again that keeps us sane. That is called comfort or staying in your comfort zone. You become so attached and snug in familiarity that a slight change might cause an imbalance to your curated and organised life.
Ask yourself this question. When was the last time you did something new? Tried out a new coffee place or got yourself enrolled in a class to learn something new? Most of you will have to think long before coming to realise that it’s been that long. You don’t try out new things because you have become too comfortable with the things you already do. I’m not saying that it’s bad to have a comfort zone, but it is like a barrier that doesn’t let you try and experiment with new things. Which can be good temporarily but in the long run, it will hinder your way of enjoying life to its full potential.
Why do people create a comfort zone?
It is a fact that no one intend to create comfort zone barrier that stops you from experimenting with things. It is always temporary in the beginning. But once you start getting more and more comfortable with a plain routine, it gets harder to break out of it and do something unusual or something just for the sake of fun.
Another reason why people don’t push through the barrier of comfort is the fear of failure. Even if a person tries to go out of the way and experiment with something new, for example, try painting, he will quit immediately if the task seems a tiny bit difficult. That is how your comfort will become a problem. It will not allow you to do things that you might enjoy for the fear that you might fail in it. And how will you not fail? By doing it and putting in the effort instead of quitting the first time you face a problem.
Why getting out of your comfort zone is important?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that having things that make you feel comfortable and secure is bad. I’m only implying that getting too comfortable with your routine and habits can become a problem. In order to really enjoy your life and keep yourself sane, you need to get out there and try out new things. Experiment with your life so you always have something new to try and share.
Once you start getting used to doing that, you will realise how fun it can be. You will start to enjoy living out of your comfort zone as much as you enjoy staying in it. It is just a matter of time. And by doing this, you will start to develop so many new things and become a more polished person.
How to get out of your comfort zone?
The first and most important step of breaking free of your comfort zone is to push yourself to do something you have never done. For example, you can join the gym if you have always been avoiding working out. Or you can sign up for a dance or a painting class. Anything that makes you think like you can’t do it, do it. What’s the worst that could happen? You might not be able to be completely successful the first time. Don’t worry about that at all.
The best way of overcoming that is by setting small milestones with different difficulty levels. Slowly keep on increasing the level of difficulty and keeping your efforts consistent. Through this technique, not only will you be able to learn something new, but also you will not quit easily by starting with something advanced and intimidating.
How to get over the “I can’t” phenomena?
We often hear people say things like “I can’t bake” or “I can’t sing” or something similar. What happens is that when a person has never done something in their entire life, they will automatically start thinking that they are unable to do it. Which is almost never the case. The only way you can overcome this by just having faith in yourself, step out of your comfort zone and going for it with full enthusiasm.
You might face some difficulty in the beginning because of unfamiliarity but once you start getting your hands on the task, you will definitely start enjoying it and you will be glad that you took the opportunity.
What not to do when challenging your comfort zone?
When you set your mind to it and put in the effort to break through your familiarity barrier, there is only one thing that can send you back. And that is the fear of failing. One thing you should keep in mind to overcome this fear is that no one can be perfect at anything they do. Besides, there is a very slight chance that you will get it right on the first try. Because that’s what first tries are for. They are not for becoming successful, they are for taking that first baby step. You need to be patient and take one step at a time and there is no way that you will not end up becoming really good at what you’re trying to do.
Most of us have been victims of our own created comfort zones at one point in life or the other. But let us make a pact together, to not let our easement stop us from living life fully and enjoying every moment by not just trying out new things, but also polishing a new version of us every day!