In this episode you will learn:

  • One extremely important life lesson that I learned about developing this one specific habit
  • 5 things that you can begin doing this week to help you step out of your comfort zone.
  • The benefits of leaving your comfort zone regularly.
  • This one empowering action you must take after each uncomfortable step you take.

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Transcript: 5 Ways to Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Hello and welcome. My name is Lori Lander founder of Lori Lander Coaching and I help women who may be feeling disconnected, unfulfilled, or stuck in life create an exciting new chapter filled with passion, purposeful work, meaningful relationships, and connections with a like-minded tribe. 

I specialize in female empowerment, while uplifting women to help them realize their full potential to thrive and live a vibrant, authentic life.

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Ok so today’s topic is all about your comfort zone and here is what you will learn in this episode :

  • One extremely important life lesson that I learned the hard way.
  • 5 ways that you can begin doing this week to help you step out of your comfort zone.
  • The benefits of leaving your comfort zone regularly.
  • This one empowering action you must take after each uncomfortable step you take.

Now  I first want to begin by asking you if you have heard the saying “Get comfortable being uncomfortable?”

When I was younger I used to hear this statement and roll my eyes. Thinking ya, ya, ya, that sounds a little silly to me. Who in their right mind would want to live life being uncomfortable?

This sounded crazy to me.

Well, now I can honestly say that I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly with this statement because I am a living testament to this.

I’ll give you a little background and fill you in on my journey and the life lessons I learned along the way.

When I was younger I was FEARLESS. I did not realize at the time, as a naive teen and early twenty-something that I stepped out of my comfort zone on the daily. I consistently challenged myself and looking back I was always a bit uncomfortable.  I became used to being uncomfortable. So I woke up every day with the intention of living life boldly. But I honestly never really thought about the discomfort because… it had become a habit.

After getting married and having children I settled into being Chief Operating Officer of my home and my children. I also settled into a routine that revolved around my comfort zone. The problem was… as time went on and without even realizing, I had slowly stopped taking risks regularly and showing up every day with a “bring it on” attitude. I played it safe and rarely ventured far from what was familiar.

I  began to feel unmotivated and unfulfilled. I could not figure out what was wrong with me but I knew that something had to change.

As time went on, I didn’t recognize the woman that I had become. I felt like I had lost a piece of myself…and my confidence.  I had become so accustomed to my routine and my comfort zone that I dared to take risks.  With this…..  came a sense of longing for how I used to be.  I longed to have that fearless teen and twenty-something back in the driver’s seat but I had no idea how to get back to that place. I then realized that I was holding myself back.

I began to think about how I used to be and how comfortable I was being uncomfortable and decided it was time to get a little uncomfortable again.

I began taking small steps and challenging myself on a regular basis.

As I practiced getting uncomfortable, I began to embrace vulnerability.   I also noticed my confidence begin to grow.  

The definition of a comfort zone is simply a place where we find ourselves living in, which is a controlled environment with minimal risk or threat of stress and anxiety. It is a familiar place where you are at ease. And although it’s important to have a comfort zone for you to retreat back to for rest and to recharge, I learned an important life lesson that it is equally important, and that is to develop the habit of feeling uncomfortable.   

So let me ask you this…When Was The Last Time You Stepped Out Of Your Comfort Zone? Was it today?  Well Good for you! Last week? Bravo! Last year? I hear ya and If so I am here to help!

I want to share with you 5 ways to step out of your comfort zone and get comfortable with discomfort.

Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

First,  make a list of hobbies or activities that you have thought about doing but have yet to do.  Each week challenge yourself to do one of those things on your list. Put it on your calendar. Try something new with a friend …or if you are really feeling brave.. Do it by yourself.

Second, think about where you are now in your life and where you want to be. Now think about what steps you could take to bring you closer to where you want to be. Note in your calendar on a weekly basis one new step that you could take.  Notice that each small step, not only pushes you out of your comfort zone but it also brings you closer to your goals.

 Third venture out to a part of your city or town where you have not been or seldom visit. Act as if you are a tourist and take in the sights. Notice how you feel. You may feel a bit uncomfortable not being in an area that you are familiar with…but allow yourself to sit in this discomfort as you embrace new surroundings. If you do not have a lot of time, simply take a different route than you would normally take.

Fourth, join a group of people that have similar interests as you. It may be a Meetup, a networking group, a book club, or a local speaker series. Also, make sure and join The Female Empowerment Community Facebook Group.  Here is where we provide a safe and nurturing space to share. I will provide a link below for your convenience so you can join today. And remember, stepping into a whole new world also opens you up to new opportunities that you may not have even thought were possible.

Fifth,  find an accountability partner, friend, or coach that can walk beside you and support you during this process. Having someone there for you to cheer you on and encourage you is important, especially during those times when you want to run back to your all too familiar comfort zone and sit safe and sound. Should you be interested in private coaching, schedule your free 30-minute discovery call with me today. I will put the link to schedule your free session in the notes below.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is super important if you want to grow.  The benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone include challenging yourself to tap into unused knowledge and your resources,  expanding your life skills and experiences, and ultimately allowing yourself to grow as a person. You realize after you take the risk and push past your comfort zone, you feel more empowered.  You also realize what you are really capable of,  if you challenge yourself and simply allow yourself the opportunity to step out.

Last and most important of all is to celebrate every single triumph and moment of growth as you take each small step. Ensure you take the time to embrace how far you have come and simply applaud yourself for getting comfortable being uncomfortable!

I would love to hear what you plan on doing this week to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Please leave a comment below!

Wishing you a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you back here next week! Make today YOUR day!

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