Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

A wonderful friend noticed that I have been ‘stepping out of my comfort zone’ more and more over the last few years.

I consider myself a “chicken” – not keen to do many things by myself. Over these past three years as I have become accustomed to living on my own, I have begun to push my boundaries. Prior to the passing of my husband, I had never eaten out by myself. I have now taken myself out to eat a number of times and while it is still difficult, I’m doing it. At work, I love greeting individual visitors by telephone and in person. Put me in a group or in front of a crowd and I would rather be anywhere else! I’m pushing myself here too and have recently spoken in front of a group…and survived.

Stepping out of your comfort zone involves some discomfort and an element of risk. While we believe that entrepreneurs are generally more comfortable with risk than others, they also have patterns and routines where they are most comfortable.

So why is it important to try new things? A blog from Crew Getting out of your comfort zone: Why it’s hard and why you should takes a scientific look of comfort zones and why breaking out of them is good for you.

Benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone:

  • Leads to personal growth and the growth of your comfort zone;
  • Doing new things motivates us and helps us learn;
  • It enhances productivity (“if you’re too comfortable, you’re not productive”)

If you are interested in pushing your boundaries, this online video will help you measuryour current personal, professional and adrenaline comfort zones and will provide you with suggestions on activities to increase your comfort levels in each area.

Increasingly, I am open to doing things I never would have imagined. Sometimes it seems fairly easy, and other times, it is still filled with stress and fear. What I’ve learned from all of this is that I can step out of my comfort zone, a few small steps at a time and then I can return to my comfort zone to process what I have learned along the way!

– Cathie Clement