It's time to embrace the discomfort zone.
Being in your comfort zone is essentially being in a neutral state. Stress and anxiety will likely be minimal and you will feel very much aware of what’s coming next and be able to plan for it.
Although being in our comfort zone gives a sense of feeling safe, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. If you feel yourself moving towards the stage of being too comfortable, you could potentially be holding yourself back as oppose to challenging yourself to learn, grow and try new things.
I’m a huge believer that pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is essential to personal growth. Think about it...if we only stick to our habits and set routine, how can we evolve in our lives and careers?
If you look to switch your focus and purposely do things outside of your comfort zone - doing something that makes you feel nervous, gives you butterflies or makes you feel on edge - you are allowing new opportunities and experiences to present themselves to you.
New experiences can change everything about what you believe, what you like to do, how you behave and how you live - the possibilities are truly endless.
Try and look at your career as a number of steps and stages. Each day, week or month you will be presented with new opportunities, challenges, setbacks and learnings.
I want to encourage you to embrace every new experience that you can.
I’d also look to reach out to those around you - whether that’s a close friend or a trusted colleague at work. Tell them what you want to achieve and ask for honest feedback and advice. They can help to push you too, and you can always fall back on them for support.
Finally, remember that we’re all in this together - each and every one of us will be reluctant to step out of our comfort zone at times, don’t let the fear of setbacks stop you. The ability to think flexibly, solve problems and embrace fresh challenges is so important.
So, today, right now I challenge you to write down something that falls outside of your comfort zone and set yourself the task to be brave and reach into the unknown.