Why You Should Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

by | Apr 11, 2017

Do you have trouble forcing yourself to step out of your comfort zone? Trust me, you’re not alone. Stepping outside my comfort zone is something I’ve never been good at. And to be honest, my comfort zone has never been all that big.

Time and time again I’ve opted to stay in my bubble where I knew things were safe and, well, comfortable. It allows me to keep my stress and anxiety in check, among other things. However, I also found myself getting frustrated by my small comfort zone and starting to feel claustrophobic, taking notice of those who took more risks than I did and wishing I could do that. Over the past several years it’s something that I’ve improved on.

In part, my career has forced me to expand in some areas. Talking to new people and learning about new issues is a daily part of my job, and it has helped to make me feel more comfortable with new and different. Blogging has also done wonders to help me expand my comfort zone. Surely five years ago I wouldn’t have felt comfortable sharing my writing on a blog for anyone to read, but now it has become such a significant part of my life.

Today I want to speak to those who, like me, maybe have a small comfort zone or don’t feel comfortable leaving their comfort zone. There are so many benefits that come with challenging yourself and trying new things, so I’m sharing a few reasons why you should step out of your comfort zone.

 

Why You Should Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

 

WHY YOU SHOULD STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

 

 

You Might Discover a New Passion

 

By stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new, you might find an activity that you love and becomes a passion of yours, but that you would never have experienced had you not pushed yourself. For me, that passion is definitely blogging. I went back and forth on whether I should blog for a long time, and even considered starting the blog anonymously because I was afraid of being judged.

I’m so thankful that I pushed myself because blogging has without a doubt been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. If there’s an activity that you’ve been considering, but haven’t been brave enough to try, I really encourage you to go for it!

 

Leaving Your Comfort Zone Teaches You to Deal With Change

 

Change is inevitable, and many of us (myself included) aren’t all that comfortable with it. But by regularly pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone, we can learn to deal with change so that when other big changes pop up in life, we’re more prepared to deal with them.

 

You Might Make a New Friend

 

I’ve never been someone who is comfortable striking up a conversation with a stranger, but on more than one occasion I’ve forced myself to do it anyways and have made a new friend. It might have been someone who sat near me in a class in college or someone who works in the same building as me but who I had never talked to before.

Not only has stepping outside my comfort zone allowed me to make new friends, but to has allowed me to grow current friendships.

 

Leaving Your Comfort Zone Leads to Personal Growth

 

There’s no doubt that leaving your comfort zone leaves room for personal growth. One of the most significant ways I find this to be true is that challenging yourself, in the long run, makes your comfort zone even bigger! This is something I’ve experienced for myself, and I’m eternally grateful for it.

I find that trying new things also opens my mind and allows me to look at something from multiple points of view, which I’ve experienced time and time again in my full-time job.

 

You’ll Learn About Yourself

 

Trying new things and having new experiences can allow you to learn so much about yourself. You can learn about skills you didn’t know you had, passions you didn’t know you had (as I mentioned above), fears you thought you had but don’t, and so much more.

 

You Can Grow Your Creativity

 

As a writer, there’s no doubt that stepping out my comfort zone and having more experiences is good for my writing. Not only does it give me more to write about, but it also helps to expand my creativity. I find that trying something new also gives me a new perspective, which has been nothing but an asset to my writing. If you’re in a creative industry, getting outside your comfort zone is definitely important!

 

BEFORE YOU GO

 

I know more than anymore how scary it can be to step out of your comfort zone. Doing anything outside my comfort zone used to give me SO much anxiety, and it caused me to miss out on new experiences for years. But I promise that once you do, it’s SO worth it!

 

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22 Comments

  1. Lauren Jane

    Love this! I stepped out of my comfort zone with writing about a year ago and started talking about mentl health and a few of thesee things happened. not only did I find how passionate I was about it, but others were really growing from it too! And best part; I made new friends I never would have without it!

    • Erin of Very Erin

      That’s awesome, Lauren! Very glad to hear that 🙂

  2. Abby

    I think you wrote this just for me. As an introvert, I LOVE to hang out smack in the middle of my comfort zone. I recently stepped outside it by inviting a few acquaintances out for a girls’ night. We had so much fun, and now I’m inspired to try other new things.

    • Erin of Very Erin

      Abby I’m so happy to hear that! I’m a huge introvert as well, so I can definitely relate!

  3. Kiara Catanzaro

    This is so true! And It was a post I needed to read as a reminder because sometimes I’m not the best with stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I always feel so great once I do even if it is little things like trying a new creative or gym class or trying a different restaurant. Love this post, Erin!

    • Erin of Very Erin

      That’s awesome Kiara – and same here!

  4. Robin

    Great post with very true points! I think a lot about personality, which tends to focus on the traits that seem intrinsic to each of us; but I also force myself to think about how I can push beyond what comes naturally to me in order to become a better, more well-rounded version of myself. Super important to living a fulfilling life, I think!

    • Erin of Very Erin

      Thanks Robin! I definitely have to push myself beyond what comes naturally.

  5. Rachel @ STCL

    I love this! SO much personal growth from getting out of your comfort zone. It’s something I’m always working on!

  6. Brittany L. Bergman

    These are great points, Erin! If I hadn’t thought about, I probably would have said I’m uncomfortable stepping out of my comfort zone…but looking back on the last few years, I realize I’ve stepped out of it a lot, and it’s mostly been great! It’s been exciting to experience that growth.

    • Erin of Very Erin

      Yes, you definitely have! So awesome to look at life and see how much we’ve grown 🙂

  7. Elizabeth Johnson

    I have definitely struggled with stepping out of my comfort zone. I am a perfectionist so doing something outside of what I do well is scary. Being in a few blogger groups have really helped encourage me to get out of my comfort zone. And every time I do I definitely learn something new about myself. That could not be more true!

    • Erin of Very Erin

      Same here! Frankly I’ve traditionally not been very good at it.

  8. Taylor

    This is so cute! Absolutely love your writing style and such a sweet message! Thanks for sharing!

    XOXO – Taylor

  9. Rachel Ritlop

    All so on point Erin! It’s really important to step outside of our comfort zones!

  10. Jenny

    Yes these are all so important! I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone more often.

  11. Aishwarya

    Stepping outside my comfort zone is all what I have done past 2 years when I started my Masters. Being an introvert, it was really tough but somehow I managed and learned a lot form it! All the points you mentioned are so true! 🙂

    • Erin of Very Erin

      That’s awesome! I would definitely call that stepping outside your comfort zone 🙂

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