Leaving your comfort zone is the pathway to a better life. Leaving your comfort zone challenges you to break past the boundaries of fear and gain the courage to seek a better life.
Living in an abusive marriage and an unhealthy relationship caused fear, anxiety and emotional distress. Over time, I became trapped inside the comfort zone and stuck in a rut.
The feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, skepticism, and pessimism were overpowering. Living in despair with no hope for a better life was disastrous.
To search for a better life meant leaving your comfort zone. And once I began to break out of the comfort zone, personal and spiritual growth became inevitable.
What is the Comfort Zone
The comfort zone is a mental state of mind in which a person operates to feel secure, comfortable and in control of their life.
People who live in the comfort zone are not adventurous, big risk takers and don’t like dramatic life changes. Instead, they live in the comfort zone where it’s safe and place mental limitations on themselves.
They lack the faith needed to move forward in life.
These limitations can produce feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, skepticism, pessimism, despair, mental depression and often times make you feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
Traits of Comfort Zone Dwellers
People who live in the comfort zone tend to perform daily routines, choose a living environment that doesn’t change, procrastinate, accept being average, form habits, live in a mediocrity mindset and are willing to settle for less in life.
The comfort zone dwellers never push past the boundaries, challenge themselves to do something different, learn new skills or set new goals in life.
Instead, they hold themselves back with mental limitations and never experience personal or spiritual growth.
#1 Reason People Live in the Comfort Zone
The number one reason people live in the comfort zone is FEAR. As humans, we fear change, failure, and judgment from others.
The mental limitations set within your mind can keep you trapped and operating in a state of fear.
These fears can plague your mind with negative thoughts (what if I can’t do it or what if I don’t make it). They can cause anxiety, and emotional distress and some people will give up trying before their adventure even begins.
This fear of the unknown takes control over their mind, and mental limitations prevent you from leaving your comfort zone. Making you feel like you’re stuck in a rut.
The Effects of being Stuck in a Rut
Being stuck in a rut has adverse effects on you and your life. If you’re stuck in this rut, you might stay in unhealthy or abusive relationships, and tolerate others treating you poorly. Work at jobs you dislike and continue living in places where you’re unhappy.
Your self-esteem can take a bit hit, and you might place a lower value on yourself, feel inadequate and inferior to others. Staying stuck in this rut can turn into sadness and depression over a period of time too.
If you experience feelings of sadness or depression on a continuous basis, you could develop addictions to food, drugs, alcohol, smoking and other bad habits.
It can be difficult to pick yourself back up once you’re stuck in a rut. However, it is possible and requires a great deal of internal work on your part to accomplish.
Why You Should Leave the Comfort Zone
So, why should you leave the comfort zone when it feels so comfortable?
Breaking out of your comfort zone is the pathway to a better life.
When you push past the comfort zone boundaries and learn to overcome FEAR, you will experience personal growth, and this will ultimately lead to a better life.
You will be more adventurous, learn to enjoy taking reasonable risks, and your life will change for the better.
The mental limitations will diminish, you will have more confidence in yourself, your life will be more fulfilling, and you will ultimately be a happier person.
It’s really a win-win situation for you mentally and physically.
Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone
The idea of stepping outside the comfort zone can be downright fearful, uncomfortable and overwhelming for certain people.
If you’re a shy person or an introvert, it can feel very, very scary, uncomfortable and overwhelming. It could even paralyze you with such fear that it enables you from taking action completely. It’s essential you work to overcome this fear and the feelings associated with being uncomfortable.
The secret is to replace fear with FAITH and to have confidence in the Lord’s abilities to help you.
By the grace of God, you will be able to do anything you set your mind to do.
If you don’t take action to move forward in life, you will always be stuck in a rut, settle for less, feel inadequate and will never get to experience personal or spiritual growth.
The expression “No gain without pain” will defiantly apply as you continue to take steps outside the comfort zone.
Taking action is essential, let’s get stepping!
3 Tips for Leaving Your Comfort Zone
1. Turn Fear into Faith
The first step is learning to turn fearful feelings into faith. Faith is a full assurance in the heart or complete confidence in a person or plan etc.
Having faith is not a mental state of mind, its full assurance in your heart without wavering in your mind.
If you believe in Jesus, faith is a full assurance you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13 KJV
It’s a slow process, and over time, you’ll see the results as you move outside the comfort zone in faith. You’ll be less fearful, and your confidence levels will begin to build.
2. Accept Being Uncomfortable
The second step is learning to accept being uncomfortable.
It’s normal to feel awkward in certain situations and uncomfortable in strange places or around unfamiliar people.
When you live outside the comfort zone, uncomfortable feelings don’t prevent you from moving forward in awkward situations. You learn to deal with and overcome the mental limitations.
Using your faith, you break out of the comfort zone.
3. Keep Overwhelming Feelings to a Minimum
The third step is learning to keep the overwhelming feelings at a minimum.
The secret to this step is taking things slowly and not moving too quickly since this can increase anxiety levels. Increasing your anxiety levels can prevent you from moving forward.
It’s better to make one small bold move at a time and succeed. Than it is to make several large bold moves at once and fall flat.
These steps will help you deal with the discomfort you’ll be facing after leaving the comfort zone.
Growing Outside the Comfort Zone
The point in leaving your comfort zone is to experience personal growth, to rid yourself of those feelings of being stuck, unhappy and whatever else brings you down and to have a more fulfilling life.
To grow outside the comfort zone, it’s essential to evaluate yourself and your life.
Is your life heading in the right direction for “you” or are there some changes you can make to your life that will make “you” happier and ultimately more fulfilled.
Take a good look at your life and answer the following questions.
- Are you happy?
- Are you living the life you want or are you living for others?
- What changes would you like to make in your life? Today!
- Is there anything new you would like to learn?
- Do you have an adventure or trip you would like to take?
- What are some personal goals you want to achieve?
Once you have the answers to these essential questions, you can set some personal goals you want to achieve, learn new skills, read self-improvement and personal and spiritual growth information, and take an adventure or a trip somewhere special.
Feel free to post your answers or comments below.
God Helps You Thrive Outside the Comfort Zone
Wanting the best life God has planned for me. I’ve learned not to be afraid, to take healthy risks and allow God to change my life for the better.
In my early twenties, I moved to California with nothing more than some clothes and a few thousand dollars to our name. This was the best move of my life. The Lord rescued me in a small mission in California.
In my mid-forties, I moved on my own with my youngest child. This was another great move. I’m happy and experienced a great deal of personal and spiritual growth during this time.
New Skills Learned in Life
Learning how to care for the elderly and developmentally disabled individuals was a blessing. Helping me to understand the sufferings of others and overcome past hurts.
Reading how to design websites using online information for free enabled me to create this blog. These skills allow me to share my testimony of God’s saving grace with other survivors who are suffering. I pray this blog offers them hope for an abundant life.
The most significant accomplishment was learning how to write. You see, I dropped out of high school at the end of eleventh grade. Math and English were my worst subjects too. You really can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.
Praise the Lord!