Why You Should Regularly Go Out of Your Comfort Zone
Venturing out of your comfort zone is one of those things (like exercising, saving money, or giving up TV) that sounds great in theory.
But when it comes time to actually go out of your comfort zone and try something new? It’s not so easy. However, here’s what you gain when you do.
1. An Increased Sense of Self
Whenever you try a foreign activity or endeavor, you learn more about yourself. Let’s say you’ve always been an analytical thinker—but you’ve also always been intrigued by the idea of writing a novel.
When you decide to go for it, you could discover you’ve got a talent for writing and you’re more creative than you thought. Or, you could find that you’re a pretty terrible writer and you’d much rather spend your energy on quantitative projects.
Either way, you come out with a better understanding of your personality, skills, and affinities.
2. More Confidence
Routine and familiarity are comforting because we know what to expect. And we also know that we’re pretty likely to succeed.
For example, if you go out with the same friends every single weekend, you’re not going to worry that they’ll say no when you call them on Friday and ask them to meet you for dinner. Or, when your boss asks you to take on a project that you’ve handled hundreds of times throughout your career, you won’t be stressed about tackling it.
However, going out of your comfort zone will make you more confident, whether you succeed or not. Obviously, succeeding is going to bolster your morale—but failing will, as well. You’ll see that the world doesn’t end when you don’t do something perfectly…and that realization will make it less frightening to try the next new thing.
3. A Well-Rounded Life
Being well rounded (or having a diverse range of experiences, strengths, and interests) is important for several reasons.
It’s definitely important professionally, as it makes you more interesting and shows you’re willing to take risks. Imagine you’re applying for a job, and the hiring manager asks, “What have you tried and failed?” You can respond, “I actually got halfway through writing a sci-fi novel before realizing creative writing isn’t my strong suit!”
It’s also important mentally. You might not be conscious of this effect, but every time you try something new, you learn. For example, even though you quit novel writing, your ability to write reports improved.
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