Many speak of stepping outside of one’s “comfort zone” as being a requirement for growth and skill development.
But as we all know, most of us do not readily embrace change, even when we are well-aware of the potential gain!
In a recent PULSE article, Dr. Travis Bradberry, coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart, explains that the very act of stepping outside of our comfort zone is critical to our success and well-being.
“Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some stress and discomfort,” Bradberry writes. “In fact, performance peaks when we’re well out of our comfort zone.”
Maybe, as Bradberry suggests, it might be easier for us to step outside-of-the-box if we took smaller steps?
Here are some of the “little steps” he lists — which qualify as examples of not only as stepping out of our comfort zone, but also as potential catalysts leading to greater levels of personal growth and success:
- Get up earlier
- Focus on and achieve one “impossible” goal
- Talk to someone you don’t know
- Bite your tongue!
“Staying in our comfort zone means stagnation,” Bradberry says. “Just as an oyster only makes a pearl when it’s irritated by a grain of sand, no one has ever accomplished anything remarkable when comfortable.”