When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I like asking this question quite often because it makes people wonder.
Over the past few years, I’ve realized that our comfort zone is our biggest enemy.
My life was on auto-pilot. I was lacking ambition and quite frankly felt lost in what I wanted to achieve. Leaving our comfort zone is hard but we have to let go of that familiarity, take risks, and live the life we dream of having.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s okay to stay in our comfort zone. However, it is important to know when the ideal moment is to get out of it and not waste our potential.
I guess our end goal is to stay content and that’s the key.
Here are FIVE ways you can guide yourself out of the auto-pilot cycle and find out who you are truly capable of becoming.
Tell yourself, positive affirmations
Disempowering thought habits keep us in our comfort zones. Replacing those thoughts with empowering ones help us take a new perspective and move to action.
Find your mantra, mine is "I am worth it" and start repeating it over and over again. Envisioning ourselves successfully doing or achieving what we fear, can help you reprogram our disempowering habits and move forward.
Physically embody the change
Shifts in our mindset lead to shifts in the body and emotional state. Focus on embodying the change by either standing in a 'superpose' or other expansive poses that help increase our sense of power and confidence. At the same time, I find working out can help us with that mindset. Start small, 15 minutes a day, and gradually increase it and we’ll feel the change ourselves.
Our body wants to be physically active - don’t ignore it.
Make it a habit to try something new
We are always protected when we stay with what is familiar. We should challenge ourselves to try new habits and understand that they are safe. It could be as simple as going to a new restaurant or a networking event.
Don’t get me wrong. It's natural for our minds to resist change. Though thinking about taking the tiniest step tricks your brain into taking action. Take a goal and break it down into small steps. Focus on one step at a time and this will boost your confidence. Associate a positive outcome and motivate you to stick with pursuing your overall goal.
It will shock you how quickly change seems much less intimidating.
Find a mentor
This one may make you uncomfortable. I know it still makes me quite anxious.
How do you ask someone to be your mentor?
How do you find the right mentor?
This is more of a trial and error kind of approach, start outreach and network. It’ll give you a better idea of how to make connections and really drive you.
What do we have to lose? We can end up gaining a lot more than we expected and get the guidance we desire. Ask me how I reach out to potential mentors
Make changes to your daily routine
This is an easy one! Breakaway from your daily routine and do something different. I go for a walk after I finish work - a kind of a lost art, rediscovered during the pandemic.
It could be anything that is not part of your daily routine.
Remember, we have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses.
It will be an experience but will be worth it.