Challenge yourself- Why you should get out of your comfort zone

We are often told it is good to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone, but why is it such a good thing to do? Whenever you learn a new skill, meet a new person, embark on a task or just try something new you are challenging yourself and you may not be in your comfort zone. We don’t always enjoy these things when they are happening, but when you look back, it is more than likely that you got something out of it.

The reason for this is because when we put ourselves in these situations we grow, find solutions and gain fulfillment. To sum it up some really important stuff happens when you are out of your comfort zone. If you agree with this then there are a few simple tips that you can use to get the most out of a challenge or when you’re not in your comfort zone.

Fear- it is completely normal to feel fear or anxiety in these sorts of situations. But don’t worry you don’t have to be controlled by it and freeze. Fear can be a way of your body telling that something is not safe, but it can also be a sign that you are just about to make a breakthrough even if it does feel like you’re going through hell. All you have to do is take note of what you are feeling and move forward – it doesn’t have to stop you. It could be the difference between failing or succeeding in something.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going”

– Winston Churchill

Don’t shrink- this is probably one of the most common things for people to do when they in an uncomfortable situation. The problem with doing this is it can become a habit. Instead grab it and embrace what you are feeling. Give the situation everything you’ve got as you playing small does not help anyone least of all, you. You get a far better feeling when you run into the cold sea then going in slowly. Conquer it!

Don’t overthink it- this is probably the thing that most people do. If you look at the whole mountain then it will look daunting. But if you just look at the step in front of you then it becomes easier. You don’t always need to know where something will take you.

Recognise your achievement- When you achieve something take the time to look back at what you have done. Don’t just tick it off your list of things you achieved. Instead, try to remember the feelings and nerves you had at the beginning so you know what you’ve got though. It’s also important to be proud of yourself and thank the people who may of helped you along the way, as they might have gone on their own journey as a result of what you’ve done.

Learn from it- take time to say what would I do differently next time? What did I do well? What have I learnt that I can use in another challenge? Write these things down or if you’ve done it as a team get everyone together and put everyone’s thoughts on the table.

One thing’s for certain if you don’t give it a go you can be sure you won’t get anything out of it.

Written by Coach Phil

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