Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary. However, the rewards are certainly worth it. When you step out of your comfort zone, you build more confidence. Soon, less and less make you uncomfortable, as your circle of comfort becomes larger and larger. Sound good? Have a look at the tips below to learn how.
1) Don’t listen to the voices inside your head
Voices; we all have them, and they are usually are more nagging aunt Edna, than cool, hippie friend. So, just do what you would do when encountered with an egocentric windbag, tune it out. Again, counter intuitive, but don’t assume those voices in your head are right. Don’t listen!
2) Be logical
The first time I climbed up the ladder for my flying trapeze routine, I was nervous, even scared, and my body was slightly trembling. It didn’t get any better as I stood on the small, wooden platform, 32 feet high. However, my logical voice told my scared voice, that it was ‘normal’ to be scared, that I had never done it before, and the next time wouldn’t be as scary. My logical voice was right. It got easier every time. Don’t worry, I have no intention of joining the circus.
3) You’re not going to be good at something straight away
Often, what keeps us from trying, is the fear that we won’t be any good, or that we will make fools of ourselves. Would you expect to speak to be fluent in a new language straight away? Become a professional athlete after one game of tennis? Play the guitar well, after only a few lessons? What we tend to forget, is that being good at something takes time. It’s a process. Your first step out of your comfort zone will not make you a professional. That’s fine, just keep it up. As Malcolm Gladwell says, anyone can be an expert in anything if they put in 10,000 hours.
4) Take the step
The main thing that stops us from taking the step is the fear of the unknown. We don’t know what is outside that comfy bubble but, whatever it is, has the potential to make us look foolish. However, doesn’t it make sense that the more often we take that step, the less ‘unknowns’ there are? If you continue to do it, your comfort bubble becomes bigger, and what makes you uneasy becomes smaller. So, just close your eyes, don’t listen to the voices in your head, and take the leap. You’ll soon find that it’s not as scary as you had imagined.
Fabulous. You now know what it takes to step out of your comfort zone, and that stepping out of your comfort zones is one of the best ways to increase self-confidence. Now, let’s take a look at how to handle that unsightly ‘r’ word. Rejection.