Signs It’s Time To Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
It’s natural to become so used to your regular routine and way of living that the mere thought of doing or trying something new is terrifying. However, when you feel this way, that means it’s far past time for you to get up and get yourself out of the rut you’ve created.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can open you up to a world of new and exciting things you never thought you would enjoy or could enhance your life in the way they do. The thing to remember when attempting to leave your comfort zone is to take it slow, you don’t have to embrace a total new way of life overnight. Ease into it and you’ll likely be quite pleased with the outcome. Here are signs it’s time to take the first step.
You Feel Stagnant
With each passing day, you continue to feel lifeless, uninspired and generally “meh” about everything. No one is going to be happy every day, and that’s perfectly fine, but you also shouldn’t feel stagnant every day either. Ask yourself what in your life is making you feel this way and then take the necessary steps to explore the passions lurking within.
You’re Frequently Unhappy And Don’t Know Why
If you’re always unhappy yet you can’t seem to pin down exactly why, not only could you be experiencing a rut, you might also be at risk for depression. Everyone’s happiness is different, but whatever happiness means for you, try to seek it out and maintain a firm grasp on it in order to ensure your mental health is intact. Spend more time doing what you enjoy versus what you don’t.
You Automatically Say “No” To Anything New/Different
Before someone can even finish telling you that you should try something new or different, you’ve already said “no.” For some people, “no” is their automatic response to everything and they don’t even realize it. The next time you’re posed with a question to do something outside your comfort zone, give a slow “yes” instead of a fast “no.”
Of course, you have your boundaries, but if you could practice saying “yes” just a little bit more, you’d probably be surprised to find out just what you’ve been missing out on because you were so used to responding in a negative context.
Procrastination Is A Regular Practice
If you constantly put off things in your life, that’s a strong indication that you don’t really want to do them. When you do this, it’s a way of subconsciously trying to rid yourself of the things in your life that have bound you down and put you in a rut. Procrastination can also become a really serious practice. It can affect your work life, friendships, and personal life. Only agree to do things that feel right for you and it’ll be harder to not follow through.
You’re Afraid To Be Uncomfortable
Comfort zones keep us stagnant. We like the familiar and loathe the unfamiliar, but playing it safe always keeps us wondering “what if” and that feeling of missing out can be stronger than fear. Try to operate under the rule that states, “if something makes you uncomfortable you should at least try it once.” If you don’t like it, you never have to do it again. But at least you did it.
Your Complaining Has Increased
You’re constantly complaining about the life you’ve created. It seems contradictory, but it’s really just the effect of being in a prolonged rut and not knowing how to get yourself out. While it’s common to voice complaints about things every once in awhile, if you do it regularly then you need to address exactly what in your life is the root of the problem. One way to change your thought process is by voicing everything you’re grateful for the next time you start to complain about things.
You’re Hesitant To Meet New People
There is a fine line between being introverted and being so opposed to meeting new people that you have effectively shut yourself off from everyone. You never know who you might meet on a whim. The new friend(s) that awaits you could be just what you need to step out of your comfort zone and find new experiences in your career, your love life, your health or even your outlook on life in general. Make a new friend, it could change your life!
You Find Fault With The Unfamiliar
Whenever something is unfamiliar to you, you immediately find fault with it without actually giving it a chance. It’s like you’re operating on a negative reflex and you automatically deny anything foreign to you.
You may not want to readily admit it, but doing this is a form of fear and you finding fault with the unfamiliar is your way of protecting yourself because you’re scared of what you don’t know. The best way to combat this is to take baby steps and view the positives about unfamiliar things before you actually decide to tackle them.
You Haven’t Found Your Passion
When you have a passion in life and you are actively pursuing it, life is much more positive and rewarding. Whether you are able to indulge in your passion full-time or have to make time for it on the side, finding what you’re passionate about is one of the best ways to escape a stifling rut.
If you still haven’t find yours, sit down and make a list of things you enjoy doing, then make another list of ways to put those things into motion in the form of going out and pursuing them. It’s okay to have more then one passion, but be careful with this because it lessens your focus when you’re being pulled in various directions.
You’re Holding On To The Past
When you’re afraid to step outside your comfort zone, it could be due to the past. Suffering the effects of past trauma from something negative that happened previously or constantly revisiting a time in your life when you were happier and more free, are both ways that holding on to the past is preventing you from embracing your future.
There is nothing wrong with holding on to your memories from past experiences, but they shouldn’t be the driving force of your life today. Put the past in the back of your mind without completely erasing it and you’ll be more open to trying new things a lot sooner.