Why It's Important to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

It can be easy to fall into a routine and get comfortable with the way things are. If your life and work are good, why change them and risk things getting worse? We believe that pushing yourself to expand your horizons and get a little better each day is essential to growth.

Full Media’s team does this at work, by striving to learn new things and improve with every project we work on. We foster a culture of growth; and through our team members’ personal growth, the company grows and gets better, too.

Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone doesn’t have to be extreme, like taking on a project that you’re unprepared for or jumping out of an airplane. The zone we’re looking for is called “optimal anxiety”—where you become more alert, productive, and your skills increase. If the discomfort and anxiety is too high, you’re not productive and may just shut down.

To get in the habit of stepping out of your comfort zone, try some of these small steps:

  • Try a new food
  • Take a new route to work
  • Hang out with someone different from you
  • Do something fun and spontaneous
  • Read about a topic you don’t know much about

Often, it’s easier to take the steps to break outside of our comfort zone with a mentor or support team. If you know someone who can help you and encourage you along the way, they can make these changes seem less daunting. They can also introduce you to things you never would have thought of on your own. Having someone to mentor you can also help hold you accountable and keep you from slipping back into your comfort zone.

Getting outside your comfort zone not only helps you be more productive, it can also foster creativity and make it easier to be more flexible when unexpected things happen in the future. Learning new things throughout your life also contributes to happiness.

To learn more about Full Media and our core values, please contact us.

Additional Resources:

The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)
Want to Be Productive in Business? Start Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone (and of Course, Back In)
6 Ways Successful People Stretch Their Comfort Zones