Face Your Fears
The thing that keeps you stuck in your comfort zone is often fear. No matter what you are afraid of, taking small steps to face your fears or at least to understand them can help you expand your comfort zone. Now, we aren’t suggesting locking yourself in a room full of spiders or heading off to Nepal to climb Mount Everest, but instead, approach your fears in small ways.
Try Something Weird
Strange things are often the ones we put outside of the box and refuse to ever consider trying, but it can be fun to try strange things. Try that weird new food or befriend someone outside of your usual social circle. Just because it might seem strange to you doesn’t mean that it isn’t good.
Doing things that you aren’t comfortable with can lead to a lot of stress if you don’t approach it the right way. Don’t think about future adventures as potentially negative things. Be calm, and think about how awesome it could be.
Learn Your Boundaries
Your comfort zone serves as a boundary between you and things that you aren’t sure about. It is important to learn the difference between those things that you are truly scared of and those that you can work through. Understand your own boundaries and how far you can push them.
Not every adventure is going to be a success. You might not like every new food, and running marathons might not be your thing, but when it comes to expanding your comfort zone, failure can be your greatest teacher. Consider successes a step toward understanding what you can do and why you like while failures are a step toward understanding what you can’t do and what you don’t like.
Take a Friend with You
Stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be a solo activity! Take a friend with you. It can be good to have someone with you. If what you are doing is something that they aren’t worried about or have done before, they can be there to encourage you, and if it is outside of their comfort zone too, then you can experience the new thing together! Either way, you’ll have something interesting to talk about later.
You have to face your fears before you can face your dreams, and there’s no better time than now to test your limits.