December 7, 2015

Trying something new

Trying something new

Getting stuck in a routine is easy to do. After all, we’re creatures of habit. We eat the same breakfast every morning and get to work at the same time. But for entrepreneurs, playing it safe could be curtailing business success. When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and took on a new challenge?

People who regularly seek out fresh experiences tend to be more creative and emotionally resilient than those who remain stuck in routine. Breaking your own mould can only make you stronger and more confident to reach higher levels in your professional and personal life.

Innovation happens when we step outside our comfort zone. Being stagnant in routine often results in plummeting creativity. What holds most of us back from stepping out of our comfort zone, however, is fear. Any new skill always feels awkward and stressful at first, but the more you do it, the more comfortable it will be. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is the key to overcoming this fear.

Here’s how to step out of your comfort zone:

Do it on a regular basis

In order to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you need to step out of your comfort zone on a regular basis. The more comfortable you get with trying new things, the less you’re going to avoid it and the more you’re going to say yes to new challenges.

Re-interpret your fear

In order to overcome your fear of trying something new, re-frame those feelings of fear as feelings of excitement and opportunity. When viewed in this positive light, those butterflies in your stomach will soon be seen as welcoming rather than something that you seek to avoid.

Look for a challenge

Doing something that challenges you gives you a whole different outlook and makes you more receptive to change. When you take on something challenging, you experience an endorphin rush and often feel recharged afterwards.

Focus on the why

Having a mission statement of why you’re stepping out of your comfort zone can help you overcome the fear of doing it. Write out the benefits of doing the activity, such as “to become more creative.” Looking at the why when you start to get stressed out can help bring down your stress levels and make it easier to accomplish the task.

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