Get out of your comfort zone

Almost everyone, at the end of their life goes through a period when they look back and have regrets. Some, only have a few things, others have lots, but they are almost always regrets about things they DIDN’T do.

In the future, when an opportunity arises, whether it’s a change in career, a move to a new district, or country, or even whether to go skydiving, or swim with Dolphins, etc. imagine that experience as if you were 80 years old and sitting in your rocking chair, looking back on your life.

Rocking ChairImagine how your life will look having taken the plunge. Imagine where your life could go if you decide to experience this opportunity. If it’s an experience like skydiving, if you’ve always had a fear of doing it, imagine the things you’d be able able to do once you’d overcome this fear.

But mainly, imagine you’re looking back at your life if you hadn’t done it. Would you have regrets? Are there things that you would have loved to do, but never had the nerve? Maybe by doing this one thing, you’d have had the confidence to do the other things too?

Because at the time we’re making the initial decision, we’re caught up in our current belief system, our fears about failure and disappointment, makes us less likely to take action on things that are outside our comfort zone. That’s why this system works. It makes us aware of the possible future regrets.

Everything has to grow, or it dies and the only way to grow, is to experience new things.

Sometimes these new things can be taking up a new hobby, for example.Or maybe taking a class in a subject you’re interested in.

Growth is experienced more profoundly though, by reaching outside of your comfort zone.

Give it a try next time your asked to do something you’re not sure of, I think you’ll be surprised.


Steve, who's also the Founder of Teen Anxiety UK, has been writing books and articles about various aspects of Psychology since 2006.

For the last five years, he's main focus has been in helping build confidence and self-esteem.

His formal qualifications include Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP and CBT.

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