You Need To Get Outside Your Comfort Zone To Experience Real And Long-Lasting Growth

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Being inside our comfort zone is, well, nice and comfy! It feels good because it’s certain, safe and not too challenging. In fact, it’s just plain sailing. But being stuck inside this place will do you no good.

Being inside your comfort zone for too long means you aren’t trying and experimenting new things. It means you’ve become stuck in a comfort rut.

And who wants to leave all that snuggle and warmth for some uncomfortableness? I bet not many.

But here’s the thing, you can’t grow inside your comfort zone. You can’t develop when you aren’t being challenged and you certainly won’t be pushing any boundaries or doing anything you’ll later be proud of.

But two years ago, something really strange happened. We had a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that pushed us all outside of our comfort zones. Whether we liked it or not. We were given no say in the matter

We’re great at adapting. It’s in our DNA

We tend to forget just how uncomfortable the beginning was since we humans are super great at forgetting how bad the bad starts actually were. And that’s a good thing!

Plus, we’re so much more adaptable that we think — and give ourselves credit for. When covid suddenly hit (with zero warning) everything was flipped upside down. We had new realities.

But it didn’t take very long till we were grooving, baking banana bread while Tik-Toking! We not only learnt how to cope in this very strange new normal but how to thrive, too.

Thanks to the onset of covid, our zones of comfort had completely vanished but it was during this sea of change that some of the most amazing things were happening.

Just look at how many businesses were founded during covid, how many people took on new careers, started new projects and learnt new skills. Not to mention this technological revolution we’re going through that really came of age during the pandemic.

Many folks found themselves taking on new, healthier habits like working out, spending more time outdoors, surrounding themselves with their loved ones and many were saving and investing more!

If you don’t make a choice, life will make it for you. And you much rather be in control than the other way round.

Try it out and see where it takes you!

I think that had we not been forced outside of our comfort zone, we might not have dug deep into what makes us tick, what gives us meaning and what gives us a purpose.

Because that’s what we all want. We don’t just want money. We want meaning, too.

During covid was when I discovered a real passion for personal finance and writing which led me to launch a blog. I had always been intimidated by the many awesome personal finance/investing blogs out there but I realised that we all have a unique point of view and something different to offer.

So I stopped being so comfortable and I went for it. I set up a WordPress site, paid for 1 year upfront so that I had zero chance of talking myself out of it!

Leaving our comfort zone ain’t all that bad. Okay, I’d much rather we had no pandemic and found another way to leave our comfort zone but hey, this is our new reality.

Where do you even start?

Leaving your comfort zone means doing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, uncertain and uneasy. It means taking on that promotion at work. The one you’re not 100% ready for but reckon you should just go for anyway.

It means applying for that job, even if you don’t meet 100% of the skill requirements because if you can do it all you won’t be learning! And if you aren’t learning then you’ll be stagnant. And this is one of the worst feelings. Ever.

This year, I was offered a freelancing gig on a topic that, let’s just say was a little outa my remit! But since I love writing (and finance) I just said yes. For every article I wrote it required way more research but hey it meant I learnt something.

That feeling you get when you know you’re pushing yourself is a real good one. Say yes first and figure out the rest later! That’s how you’ll grow.

Don’t miss out on all sorts of exciting opportunities simply because you feel like you can’t do it.

Often, the barriers to change are the ones we create in our mind.

We tend to overestimate the bad (aka those worst possible scenarios that will most likely never happen) and we underestimate the good.

So I say go for it. It’ll be a challenge at first but then you’ll get into the groove of it and you’ll be glad you went for it.

Don’t fear the unknown. It’s time to start embracing it

Change is scary. Because it’s so unknown. We humans really hate uncertainty so much so that we’ll do anything to avoid it. But change really is the only constant.

If you dive in, head-first, you’ll discover talents and traits you never knew you had. All it needs is a change in mindset.

If all you see is change as something that’s daunting. Something to be avoided, at all costs. Then you’ll be missing out on a whole world of opportunity.

Push yourself. Challenge yourself. Experience the unknown. You’re capable of way more than you know.

If you’re waiting for the perfect moment, for when you’re one hundred percent ready, you’ll be waiting a lifetime.

We were born for change. Show the world what you’re made of!

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Hey I’m Dinah, a Finance student. You’ll find me writing about investing, personal finance, lifestyle and more!

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Hey I’m Dinah, a Finance student. You’ll find me writing about investing, personal finance, lifestyle and more!

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