What Happens When You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping into your discomfort zone

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We spend most of our time in our comfort zone because it’s familiar.

It feels safe.

It makes you feel secure.

You know the patterns, regardless of how dysfunctional they are.

But whatever your dream might be, I bet it’s out of that cozy, fluffy comfort zone.

It’s in unfamiliar territories, aka in your discomfort zone.

Stepping Into the Unknown

What does it feel like stepping into the unfamiliar?

It feels like standing at the edge of a tall rock, your toes tingling with both anticipation and fear, as the cool breeze whispers secrets of adventures yet to come.

It’s thrilling and uncomfortable.

You want to run back immediately, but you need to train yourself to stay here long enough if you really want to improve yourself. It’s a test of courage, a challenge that invites you to transform and evolve. As a result, if you stay long enough in the discomfort zone, you expand your comfort zone.

  • Do you want to play the piano, immersing yourself in the beautiful melodies you create?
  • Do you want to learn a new language, opening doors to vibrant cultures and friendships?
  • Do you want to take a dance class, feeling the rhythm in every fibre of your being?
  • Do you want to learn public speaking & get confident on stage?
  • Do you want to master touch-typing, becoming a wizard of words?
  • Or perhaps you want to take a swimming lesson as the only adult because you want to get rid of decades of trauma & fear of the water?

Yes, these were my dreams in the past 20 years.

I decided to take the first step toward expanding my knowledge and discovering new things.

I trained myself to value being in the discomfort zone because that’s where I could acquire new skills and knowledge.

That’s where I could make my dreams happen.

And guess what?

Letting go of my crutches did wonders for my self-confidence.

The Fresh Energy

It’s like opening a window in a stuffy room when you dare to step out of your comfort zone. The fresh air sweeps in, bringing with it a renewed energy and zest for life.

You suddenly find yourself seeing the world through a new lens, one that is vibrant and full of endless possibilities.

You’ll find a new creativity as you go further in the discomfort zone.

The New Creativity

What happens in your discomfort zone?

Growth happens!

The discomfort zone fertilizes your mind, allowing new ideas and perspectives to grow.

You start to think outside the box, outside of your box.

Building Resilience, One Step at a Time

I’ll be honest. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, though.

Stepping out of your comfort zone can sometimes be a bumpy ride.

Yes, you might receive some scars in the discomfort zone, but who cares?

For each challenge you face, you’re building resilience. You learn to stand tall, to face adversity with a smile, and to bounce back stronger than ever.

It’s a beautiful growth process that shapes you into a more confident person.

Then, you realize it’s not even that uncomfortable being outside of your comfort zone.

The Sweet Reward of Personal Growth

As you embrace the unfamiliar, you’ll find yourself evolving, transforming into a version of yourself that is more open, more adventurous, and more alive.

It’s a journey of personal growth that enriches your soul and expands your horizons.

You discover the depths of your potential when you step out of your comfort zone.

Embracing the Discomfort

I had to step out of my comfort zone when I started making YouTube videos.

I didn’t have a slight stage presence. I wasn’t comfortable, not even for a second.

Even though no one else was in the room, talking to a camera felt so uncomfortable. It was just weird and nerve-racking!

I had to learn video-producing skills and how to edit videos. I had to develop a camera voice. I had to learn about marketing and social media.

But now?

It’s second nature.

You must do something extraordinary that you have never done before if you want to achieve the extraordinary.

Magic happens when we step out of our comfort zones and into our discomfort zones.

Go there!

Don’t wait until you’re ready because the feeling will never come. You must step into the unknown when you don’t feel ready and do things afraid.

I want to leave you with 3 questions you can ask yourself.

  1. What are your dreams?
  2. What do you want to learn?
  3. What new horizons are you willing to explore?

Life and dreams happen at the end of your comfort zone. So go ahead, take a leap of faith, and watch as the magic unfolds.