The familiarity and absence of stress or tension are defining hallmarks of being within our own unique comfort zone. However, our greatest achievements and successes typically seem to happen, at that moment, when we decided to move outside of it. It’s in those moments when we are taking action or accomplishing something that stretches us beyond those areas that we’re already familiar or comfortable with that we achieve our greatest successes. There is also typically some sort of stressful element involved, but it’s a kind of stress that we’re later glad we experienced in order to attain a previously unexperienced and new level of success in our lives.It has been a challenge for me, particularly as the years pass, to move outside of my own comfort zone. At times, I find I’m less willing to take the chances that I would have easily opted in for during for example, my early twenties. I think that’s why it’s even more important as we get older to make a regular practice of regularly moving outside of what has become our current comfort zone. These are five strategies that have helped me to do just that.Make a decision to go for something new. This could be a new career, a course, a change of location, a different way of seeing the world etc. Think about something that you’ve always wanted to try and then make a commitment to following through and pursuing it. However, avoid the tendency to devote too much time to pondering the pros and cons of committing to that new thing in your life that you’ve always dreamed of someday achieving. Make an informed decision, by all means. However, if you’ve been considering something for a long time, it’s likely that you’ve already given a lot of thought to whether this is
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