4 Reasons To Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Your dreams demand that you grow and have the courage to take risks to make them happen and in order to do that, you must push beyond your comfort zone. When you’re trapped in your comfort zone you fail to take the risks necessary to turn your dreams into reality.

How do you know that you are stuck in your comfort zone? It’s when you feel no anxiety, no pressure, no stress, and everything you do is simple and easy. But staying in your comfort zone for long periods of time leads to mediocrity, stagnation and a lack of growth. People who spend too much time in their comfort zone end up bored and unchallenged.

Staying in your comfort zone may be safe and easier, but it doesn’t often result in what is best for you or those around you. Here are four reasons for you to push beyond your comfort zone for everyone’s benefit, including yours:

  1. You have to let go of your expectations of perfection. – Don’t expect perfection from yourself or from anyone around you. Nobody is perfect! For everyone’s sake, let go of that unnecessary pressure. By letting go of your expectations around perfection, you will also let go of the hesitation that has been holding you back as well. Risk always invites a chance of failure but more importantly, a chance of greatness. Say goodbye to perfection, hello to courage, then go out there and do your best.
  2. You will inspire those around you. – Everything we do, even if we don’t realize it is noticed by others. People are watching you, and what you do gives them an inspiring role model for growth and change. We all have a teacher or someone in our lives that unknowingly inspired and motivated us to do more than we thought we could. Taking risks and believing in yourself allows you to be that person for others. Remember, a rising tide lifts all ships and when you push beyond your comfort zone, you are that rising tide lifting and inspiring others.
  3. In the end, you will have no regrets. – Whenever you hold something back, you will always end up with lingering doubts about your performance. Regrets come when you wonder, “What if?” There are risks to not taking risks. All endeavors in life involve some element of risk. But if you are living a risk averse life, you are probably not living the life that you want and deserve.
  4. Your life will become fuller, richer, and more exciting. – If you have ever been forced to change then you probably understand that what is comforting is often not what is best for you. Leaving your comfort zone can create a tremendous feeling of euphoria and self-respect as you learn what you are truly capable of. Pushing beyond your comfort zone helps you find the fulfillment, excitement, and meaning you have been searching for.

If you go through life without ever feeling uncomfortable, you are definitely limiting your opportunities to do greater things – probably more than you ever imagined. If you never push beyond your comfort zone, you are probably sabotaging your chances for success, happiness, and other exciting opportunities.

When was the last time you really wanted to try something but you deterred by the risk? The next time you find yourself hesitating, go for it. The reward and knowledge gained form the experience will be worth it. Push beyond your comfort zone and see what happens.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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