6 Ways To Escape Your Comfort Zone And See Professional Growth
Many of us dream big, but often live smaller, less satisfying lives than we’re capable of achieving. That is because our neurobiology primes us for caution, explains executive coach Margie Warrell. “We're wired for safety – to avoid risking failure or loss,” she says. This includes emotional failure such as rejection, wounded pride and bruised ego. However, in order to develop whether for professional growth or personal improvement embracing discomfort is a must.
Here are some tools for breaking out of your comfort zone:
1. Train The Brave
Warrell suggests starting small when branching out beyond our comfort zone, attend a networking event or invite someone for coffee. “Courage is a muscle,” she says. “You build it every time you do something a bit uncomfortable.” The good news is that the more we do what scares us, the less scared we become.
2. Doubt Your Doubts
Our self-talk often stops us trying things, Warrell says. “Challenge those negative noises in your head. The story they’re spinning might be holding you back.”
3. Remain Positive
There will be times when you experience a negative outcome. Something that shakes your confidence and makes you feel scared. The trick is to not let anything prevent you from blasting past the point of comfort. Recognize that you will have negative outcomes. It’s a natural part of the process.
4. Follow Your Heart
5. Break Of Pattern
We tend to talk about growth as an individual journey. In fact, our growth at work is supported by many other individuals and teams such as colleagues, managers, Heads,... you can ask for any help when you face challenges.