When it comes to personal growth and development, many feel trapped in their current situation.
They may have a desire to make progress or achieve a specific goal, but they are not taking the much-needed action to achieve it.
So many of us are sometimes trapped in the mere thought of doing something without actually bothering to pursue certain things.
In addition, many may think that they are trying hard enough in certain areas, while progress seems to be lacking for them;
However, the reason for this could be a wrong approach and lack of planning in achieving a personal goal.
But there are also those who do not dare to start something because they believe that it is not the right time to do so, or even worse, that it is “too late” to do something.
But these are all things that I have personally experienced and that have prevented me from making progress for a long time.
Before I really realized that you have to enjoy life to the fullest and make a daily effort in all areas of life to really make progress;
However, this is not limited to just one particular area, but to all areas of life so that we can thrive and become the best version of ourselves.
Therefore, it is important that you step out of your comfort zone and have the courage to enter your growth zone;
Because progress does not take place in the areas and situations in which we feel comfortable.
The right attitude to progress
The most important thing you need to progress and get out of your comfort zone is undoubtedly the right attitude.
People who do great things usually don’t care about what others think and aren’t as strict with themselves.
Those who live in the comfort zone, on the other hand, are afraid of failure and are very concerned about the opinion of others.
In addition, they also make the mistake of doing things only for others, rather than for themselves;
For example, they go to the gym to impress their ex, or they want to learn a certain skill to be better than a person they hate.
Competitive thinking can sometimes be a good motivation, but it doesn’t last;
Because personal progress and the step out of the comfort zone should also go hand in hand with our emotional growth.
This allows us to become a more stable, calm and happy person who does not envy or reject others.
After all, all the unique people we meet along the way can be of help.
Therefore, while striving for progress, one must also fight the ego and nourish the soul.
Step 1: Imagine your dream self
Before you leave your comfort zone, it is advisable to first create a plan for your progress and imagine your dream self.
At this stage, it is also important not to limit yourself, because your dream self can do anything and be successful in everything.
So don’t let your insecurities or doubts limit you when you think about the person you want to become, because then you’re still stuck in your comfort zone.
So unleash your imagination and imagine how your dream self acts and speaks;
What hobbies it has, what it is capable of and what it looks like.
Another good idea is to write down all these things in a dream diary and document them.
Later, you will be surprised how much you have managed to become your personal dream self.
Step 2: Get active and do more things at once
To get out of your comfort zone, it’s important to make a plan to become your dream self, but even more important is to take action;
Because if you don’t make an effort and actually do the things you set out to do, you will never grow into your dream self.
That’s why you need to take the first step, which is the hardest part of getting out of your comfort zone, and then, secondly, maintain your discipline.
After that, you also need to remember that what you want to do and achieve your must not interfere with daily life.
For example, if you’re pursuing a nursing diploma, you can’t give up going to the gym and risk losing your social life.
So while you are doing something, you should never give up on the other things you need to do to become a complete human being.
So organize yourself in such a way that you can be successful in all important areas of life: emotionally, professionally and health-wise.
Step 3: Do more of what you’re afraid of
Getting out of your comfort zone and finally embarking on the path of progress, it’s inevitable to do more of the things you’re afraid of.
This includes all the things that you don’t like to do, but that you have to overcome in order to grow.
For example, one of the most feared things for me was dancing, and I intentionally took dance lessons to overcome my fear of the public and of ridiculing myself.
In addition, dancing has also helped me to become more confident, agile and active.
As I danced, I was less and less concerned about the opinions of others and less afraid to try new things.
So it wasn’t about getting better at dancing, but about breaking down my high expectations of myself and my fear of judgment;
Because it is better to dance like a fool than not to dance at all.
Step 4: Embrace progress and break away from old patterns
Although you have been able to successfully realize all these aspects, you also have to cope with your previous uncertainties.
So keep in mind that it’s okay if you sometimes feel like your old, insecure self, but you need to let go of the past.
At that moment, you are no longer that person and you will continue to change.
In fact, you are constantly changing, and you should be, but for the better.
Also, don’t compare yourself so much to other people, because your own progress should depend on your own pace.
So take the time to grow into your dream self and know that the flower that blooms in need is the rarest and most beautiful of them all.
Step 5: Remember that progress is slow but steady
It’s important to be motivated on the way out of your comfort zone, but even more important is discipline.
You can be motivated for one day to fall back into old habits the next day because you feel more comfortable in your comfort zone.
However, when you are disciplined, you don’t give up so easily, and the goal of progress becomes a lifestyle.
Therefore, one must keep in mind that learning, visiting the gym and working on emotional well-being are a constant task.
It’s a lifestyle, and you can’t afford to give it up, because progress is a slow path.
You will also do this every day with all your motivation, maintaining your discipline so as not to give up;
Because giving up ultimately means falling back into your old self and becoming a prisoner of the comfort zone.