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If you’re anything like me, you may fear getting out of your comfort zone, which leaves you living in this bubble you wish you could pop but you’re too afraid to find out what will happen once it burst. One thing I’ve learned about myself is, once I’m set in my ways it’s very hard for me to break out of that habit. It’s either my way or the highway. Now that I’m on this journey of getting uncomfortable, I’d like to take you all on a ride with me and possibly help you get out of comfort zones yourself.

But before I get to those steps, you might be wondering how do you identify your comfort zones… The first step is knowing what a comfort zone truly is:

 “A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. In the zone a steady level of performance is possible.”

For example: Being at home is my comfort zone. I hate going out to stores, the mall, parties and more. Just from that you can guess that I’m not much of a people person and big crowds make me uncomfortable. For others, some may be more comfortable writing than they are with public speaking.  A pen, paper or keyboard would be your comfort zone.

Okay, let’s get into this shit: The Five Ways To Get Out Your Zone

1. Learn To Take Nothing For Granted

Be grateful you are able to wake up and go out in the world to accomplish your goals whether they be big or small because life is sometimes about the little things and because it can be short you should make it count. Try to remember there are individuals that don’t have the same freedom you do or didn’t get a chance to see another day. This alone should be motivation to get out into the world and try all the things you’ve wanted.

2. Give In To Your Fears

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This is a big one for me. For years I wanted to release a book of my poetry but I was afraid of what people would say about the words written down because it was about those in my life. I decided to say fuck it and fuck what people have to say. I feared having a book signing because I thought no one would come or buy any of those books but I ended up making $1000. What I’m trying to say is do the things you fear most because you may receive your biggest blessings out of it. The more you try to keep fear out the more it will try to break through; give in.

3. Start Saying Yes To Activities You Usually Say No To

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I’m one for making excuses and saying I can’t do something when I feel like I’m going to be in a setting I’m not comfortable in. Try to make it a habit to say yes to one thing you’d say no to once a week or maybe twice a month. This way it will turn into a habit to not always say no because you think it may be uncomfortable.  Which leads me to my fourth way to get out your zone.

4. Talk To Strangers

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Yes, I know, as children we learned all about stranger danger but as you get into adulthood you’ll learn that strangers can be your number one supporters or teach you things you never knew. When going out with your friends, don’t always keep things in your circle. Go out there and mingle a little bit. Attend networking events. Also you may just want to practice not being so shy, sparking up conversation with someone you don’t know just might be the cure.

5. LASTLY, Make A List

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Make a list of things you fear or things that may make you uncomfortable. You can add trades you want to learn to that list and at the end of the day read over that list and mark down anything you may have achieved. Sometimes seeing a list is the best way to grow and get shit done.

So, are you ready to get uncomfortable?