This week has been an exciting week, stepping out into the world as a new Mummy. Completely out of my comfort zone, and still fumbling around with unfathomable buttons on the buggy, it has been great to venture out to meet some of the other local Mummies.
It would have been very easy to stay indoors with our little Chloe in the warmth, and the comfortable surroundings of our home, safe in the knowledge that nothing would be too complicated to deal with. There are lots of reasons to stay in your comfort zone including reduced stress and less anxiety, however there are unlimited benefits to stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Everyone's comfort zone is different, and what may expand your horizons may paralyze someone else. There are so many ways to stretch your personal boundaries. Trying news things or putting yourself in a new environment is a good way to start. You could take a different route home or try a different local restaurant. In a small way you are increasing your view of the world. These are easy transitions and after making these first small steps, you may feel like you can be bolder and braver.
Saying yes more often, even when you think you are not ready is a great way to open yourself up to new opportunities. Say yes to new projects, new assignments and new roles, even if you haven't done it before. As Richard Branson said "if someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later".
We are all creatures of habit. We build our lives on patterns of thought, emotions and behaviours, but your success depends on your getting out of your comfort zone. Magical things in life happen when you get out of your comfort zone. You are far more productive when you are working on something that you are not familiar with, which leads to much higher output. You will achieve goals that you may not have thought possible before and you are certainly more creative.
If you want to live a great life, have an amazing business, and unimaginable success you have to leave your comfort zone and put yourself out there. Be bold, be brave and get comfortable with the uncomfortable.