Step 2: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Now that you've started your journey discovering what your main competencies are, it's time to start moving towards the direction you want to explore and grow with. 

We know you've probably seen many articles about this subject, but it keeps being an important and recurring issue among young changemakers. Getting our of your comfort zone takes a lot of work and consistency. But there are small steps that can help you move away from what's limiting you.  

There are lots of ways to start. You could learn a new language or skill. Connect with people that inspire you, or volunteer with an organization that does great work. Travel, whether you go around the block or across the globe. The point is that you're doing it, and you're pushing yourself past the mental blocks that tell you to do nothing.

According to this article at lifehacker.com these 4 attitudes can help you get there:

  • Do everyday things differently. Take a different route to work. Try a new restaurant without checking Yelp first. Go vegetarian for a week, or a month. Try a new operating systemRecalibrate your reality. Whether the change you make is large or small, make a change in the way you do things on a day-to-day basis. Look for the perspective that comes from any change, even if it's negative. Don't be put off if things don't work out the way you planned.
  • Take your time making decisions. Sometimes slowing down is all it takesto make you uncomfortable—especially if speed and quick thinking are prized in your work or personal life. Slow down, observe what's going on, take your time to interpret what you see, and then intervene. Sometimes just defending your right to make an educated decision can push you out of your comfort zone. Think, don't just react.
  • Trust yourself and make snap decisions. We're contradicting ourselves, but there's a good reason. Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, others are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over again. Sometimes making a snap call is in order, just to get things moving. Doing so can help you kickstart your personal projects and teach you to trust your judgement. It'll also show you there's fallout to quick decisions as well as slow ones.
  • Do it in small steps. It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don't be afraid to start slow. If you're socially anxious, don't assume you have to muster the courage to ask your crush on a date right away, just say hello to them and see where you can go from there. Identify your fears, and then face them step by step.

So what are you waiting for? Start today and share your experience with us on Facebook and participate in our challenge to win a spot at The Institute For The Future conference in April.