You don’t need to be afraid to be outside your comfort zone. I can tell you from personal experience that it won’t take long for you to be beyond the confines of that zone before a new boundary expands to meet you. Sure, you’ll still have to step outside that new boundary in order to grow, but the fabulous news is that your comfort zone will keep on expanding to the point where, maybe, hopefully soon, that boundary won’t be a hinderance at all, more like a chalk line than a brick wall, like a suggestion instead of a barrier. It will expand:
1. With every step you take.
Even if the steps are tiny. It doesn’t matter how small they are or how slowly you go as long as you keep moving in the direction you want to go and you don’t stop. Keep going and your comfort zone will always be just at your heels, close enough that you feel secure knowing it’s there but far enough away that you’re outside of its boundaries.
2. With every fear you conquer.
Doesn’t matter how big or little the fear is. As long as you keep moving through it and get to the other side and conquer it, your comfort zone will instantaneously expand to meet you at your new location. And then, because you’re growing and expanding your life for you and you alone, you step outside that zone again and again and again . . .
3. With every self-doubt you crush.
Self-doubt is just fear dressed up as something else. It usually has a lot to do with your belief about your own worth and value. Accomplish what you thought you couldn’t possibly do, prove to yourself just how capable you really are, and that hard line of a boundary (you can go only this far and no further) will turn to smoke, hazy and undefined.
4. With every time you choose to get out of your own way.
Getting in your own way is about fear and about not trusting yourself. So trust yourself (and if you don’t know how, read this). Be confident in your ability to handle whatever comes your way (both knowing ahead of time that you’re capable of dealing with anything and then doing it when the time comes). Keep stepping forward in a straight line toward what you most want and, I assure you, that boundary will be nipping at your heels to keep up.
5. With every work you finish and put out into the world.
Every time you kick fear to the curb and finish and put your work and yourself out in the world (here it is, here I am, take it or leave it, I’m okay either way), you put cracks in the foundation of your comfort zone walls. Do it enough times and the walls will crumble to dust and mortar so there aren’t any walls anymore at all, and then you really will be free.
So what are you waiting for? Will you step outside your comfort zone today?