by Stacey Lane, MLS, Certified NLP Practitioner and Hypnotherapist
Jolted from your Comfort Zone?
Old routines can be comforting, but they can also turn stale over time. Breaking out of your comfort zone is more than a cliché. Doing something new, different or challenging is good for your brain.
Your comfort zone is a space where your daily activities fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk, providing mental security. Surprisingly, in order to maximize performance, we need a state of relative anxiety, just slightly higher than normal. This space is called “Optimal Anxiety” and is just outside of our comfort zone. Too much anxiety and we become too stressed to be productive. Not enough and our brain doesn’t allow for expansive thinking.
We have all recently been jolted from our comfort zones. Your comfort zone is neither good nor bad, as it’s a natural state that most people enjoy most. Leaving it means we experience increased risk which causes anxiety. We all need our comfort zones in order to come back to and process the benefits of the new experience. Increased performance and productivity can sound like doing more “stuff”. However, it is in the doing things differently or in new ways that count.
Comfort can kill productivity, as when we are comfortable, we tend to do the minimum required to simply get by. By leaving our comfort zone, we discover new things…several which you may have already participated in. By moving out of your comfort zone, you will have an easier time dealing with new and unexpected changes in the future.
Once you start stepping out of your comfort zone, it gets easier with time. You will find it easier to be ready for new experiences and will seek them out, open the door to new ideas and be interested and willing to learn new skills. You will see old problems in a new light, and tackle challenges with new energy.
Start out slow, making small changes every day. Sign up for an online class. Try a new recipe. Read or write that book you have been procrastinating about. One day at a time, take small steps…as it takes courage to break out of your comfort zone. There are many ways to stretch your personal boundaries. You can learn a new craft, learn a new language or take another route. Take it slow and make stretching your boundaries a new and exciting way to live and learn.
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May 1 – Intro to NLP (19872)
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