When I looked up comfort zone, the definition was “a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress”. We do want things that will minimize our stress and make things easier, there’s nothing wrong with that. But when the activities and routines don’t allow us the benefit of growing and changing or learning new things or even keeps us settling, then it’s time to change things up and get out of our comfort zone!

Here are 5 things to consider about breaking out of your comfort zone:

Remaining in your comfort zone for too long robs you of growing. Learning new skills can only happen if you’re willing to move from where you are now. If you get too comfortable and rarely try to do anything new, how will you grow?

Making one change in your routine can open you up to new experiences. When you get out of the comfort of your everyday routines, you see things differently. You may discover a new way of doing something or see it from a different perspective that’s actually better than what you were doing!

You only have to change one step at a time. So often we get paralyzed by looking at the whole picture. Breaking out of our comfort zone starts with just taking that first step. Once you take that first step, the next step will be easier.

In order to grow, you’re required to put forth effort. Yes, stepping away from what you’re used to can be challenging. When you first learn or experience something new, it may be awkward at first. Remind yourself that you’ve navigated many rough waters on your life journey and that you’ve made it through each of them.

Your life will be more inspiring. When you are doing the same thing, in the same way, complacency sets in. We just get stuck….nothing new, nothing exciting. Stepping out of your comfort zone opens new opportunities, new adventures, new passions to explore.

Break out of your comfort zone and live your life from a new perspective. You’ll likely experience moments of feeling unsure or confused. That’s OK! The farther you are from your comfort zone, the more exciting and adventurous life becomes!