Our comfort zone is our “feel-good” zone. While in comfort zone, we feel well and safe. If we want to do something we've never done before, it's usually outside our comfort zone.
We tend to feel scared of the things out of our comfort zone. Therefore we avoid them or hesitate to do them.
The region in the brain which causes these feelings is called the limbic system. The main task of the limbic system is to make it possible for us to survive. So the limbic system tries to protect us from potential dangers - all with one goal: to survive.
To expose ourselves to new situations means a change. And the limbic system connects danger with any change - of course, because it does not know what to expect.
As Ran Zilca has put, quote:
“We live in a society where comfort has become a value and a life goal. But comfort reduces our motivation for introducing important transformations in our lives. Sadly, being comfortable often prohibits us from chasing our dreams.
Many of us are like lions in the zoo: well-fed but sit around passively stuck in a reactive rut. Comfort equals boring shortsightedness, and a belief that things cannot change. Your comfort zone is your home base, a safe place not to stay in, but to return to, after each exhausting and exhilarating expedition through the wilderness of life.
Take a look at your life today, if you are enjoying a shelter of comfort, break through it and go outside where life awaits.”
Here are 7 simple methods which can help you leave your comfort zone.
1. Worst-case scenario
Think first about the worst-case scenario. What can happen in the worst case and is it really that bad?
When trying something new, somethings you’ve never tried before, some real change in your life, the other people can of course laugh at you, or look at you as if you’re weird, tried to convince you the opposite, etc….
But, is it the end of the world? No, it isn’t - and most people are aware that they need to start with small steps.
2. Best case scenario
Imagine what great things can happen if you dare and take that step today.
Maybe you feel happy afterwards - or recovered. Try to feel exactly how you feel in your best-case scenario.
3. Write it down!
Write down exactly what you want to do. Write it down, let it out of your head. Once you have it written, then do not forget it and relieve your head of it.
You can also hang the note on a place where you will be reminded again and again.
4. Set yourself a deadline
Determine exactly when you want to have this thing done. .
Setting a concrete deadline will not help you find excuses again and prefer doing other (less important) things.
You can define a time period or just set a specific date and enter it in your calendar.
5. Tell somebody about it
Tell a friend what you plan to do and when you want to get started. Maybe he or she also has a similar thing to accomplish.
Make a deal and motivate each other.
6. Reward yourself
Consider in advance a small reward for yourself, if you have really put your project into action.
Reward yourself with a movie night with friends, with a delicious meal or even a small bar of chocolate. That's fine, because it's about your personal development.
7. Go slowly
If it is a very big thing that you are planning to do, then feel free to approach it slowly.
Think about small and medium steps in the beginning and write them down. Set deadlines for the intermediate steps and reward yourself for it.