Posted by Dawn O'Bar on Jul 21, 2017

Have you ever jumped out of an airplane?  Been bungee jumping from the world’s tallest bungee platform?  Traveled to an exotic location all by your self?  Presented or spoke in front of a large audience?  Gone Mountain climbing?  Flying on a trapeze?
What is a comfort zone?  Can you measure your comfort zones?  Why should you do something out of your comfort zone?
One dictionary defines comfort zone as: a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested.

Another definition:  a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control.  It could be just a place where you feel safe and satisfied in your life.
You’ve probably heard the slogan, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”
Watch Yubing Zhang discuss “Life begins on the edge of your Comfort Zone. “
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And Marcus Taylor discusses measuring your comfort zone.
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Here's a website where you can measure your own comfort zone.
Why do something out of your comfort zone?
Challenging yourself pushes you to dip into and utilize your personal store of untapped knowledge and resources. You have no idea what you’re made of unless and until you venture outside of your own familiar world.
Taking risks, regardless of their outcome, are growth experiences. Even if you make mistakes or don’t get it right the first time there’s always these experiences you’ve had to tap into for the future. There really is no such thing as “fail” if you got something out of the experience. And just so you know, “FAIL” re-framed means “first attempt in learning”.
Don’t settle for the mediocre just to avoid stepping out of your comfort zone; it’s too big a price to pay. Your challenges and risk experiences are cumulative. Every time you try something new, allow yourself to be open to whatever experience arises, you are learning, and expanding your repertoire of life skills and self-knowledge. As you do this you are also expanding the size of your comfort zone.
Leaving your comfort zone ultimately helps you to deal with change---and making change in a much better way. Life transitions are all about change. Each time you transition you move to another level. Inevitably, these life transitions transform you. - Abigail Brenner, M.D. -
Take the first step.  Maybe you’re not ready to go skydiving or bungee jumping, but try to make small changes that take you out of the every day and familiar yet are not too emotionally challenging.
We are all such creatures of habit. Change your daily and/or work routine.  Drive a different way to work or walk down a new street.   Try something new---food, music, activities you’ve never done. Undertake a creative project of any kind where your thinking is channeled in a whole new way. Add newness to your life. Be open to experience.
What are you willing to do this week to get out of your comfort zone?
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