Start by adjusting your mindset.
When you’re in your comfort zone, things feel comfortable. You know what your day looks like, you maintain certain habits, you like to do things a certain way. Comfort is a good thing. It’s easy to live this way. But what’s the downside to feeling comfortable over a longer period of time? Well for starters, your brain goes on autopilot. You start doing things automatically. And you don’t even engage your critical thinking skills. Because you don’t really need them. You know already what your day, your week, your month will look like.
In other words, the bottom line is this: the downside to feeling comfortable too long is that you stop asking yourself questions.
Especially the important ones.
So what does adjusting your mindset really mean?
In this case, it means you start asking yourself more difficult and also important questions.
Here’s one question you can start with.
Next time you feel comfortable and tell yourself, “I don’t feel like doing this right now,” replace that sentence with a question: “Why not?”
Maybe you don’t feel like doing something because you lack motivation. You don’t see the point. And so you procrastinate. As we know, procrastination doesn’t really require a lot of effort; it’s almost a default reaction to something challenging that’s in front of you.
When you ask yourself “Why not?” you make a subtle shift in your mindset. Here’s what happens:
- You give yourself a chance to think if there’s something else hiding behind your procrastination. Maybe it is fear of not being able to do something at all, or doing it successfully, or even doing it more successfully than others. It’s not about being lazy. Quite the opposite – it’s something blocking you. Who knows—it can even be your competitive side that’s sabotaging you!
- You have the opportunity to find out where the resistance is coming from. It’s the perfect time to get to the root cause of the problem. Be honest with yourself about what’s really holding you back. Is it a lack of knowledge in one area? Maybe you’re embarrassed you don’t know how something works. Is it not having the skills? Maybe you can’t show this to other people. Is it something you’ve been told, as in, don’t try it, it’s not for you? Maybe you’re dealing with prejudices or stereotypes in your culture, family, or circle of friends. Or are you feeling pressure because someone is forcing you to do it or else? Find out why you are resisting moving forward, so that you can finally do something about it.
- You have the unprecedented advantage to win over fear. Now here’s where your adjusted mindset can really work for you. Consider this: there is something powerful when we leave a little space open for possibilities, instead of shutting the door in our own face by limiting ourselves. When we make this shift, we can actually give ourselves time and space to grow, we allow ourselves to gain more knowledge, we have opportunities to acquire new skills, and ultimately we start getting closer to becoming the best version of ourselves.
Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone, starting today?
And if you are, what will you do next?