14 ways to stretch your comfort zone (that won’t send you into blind panic!)

I can’t stand routine. No two days are the same in my business and that’s the way I like it.


Bold Moves Coaching came about because of my love of doing different things and doing things differently.


Why? Because I enjoy learning and pushing myself, which means I learn what I’m capable of and helps me to continue to grow and improve. It’s the whole ethos behind how I support my clients to achieve great things.


How to get out of your comfort zone


One of the most common reasons why clients want to work with me is because they’ve lost their confidence. They’ve started doubting themselves and their ability, they feel stuck and can’t see a way forward. They are in the fear zone.




This usually happens because either a) they’ve been stuck in their comfort zone for too long and stopped challenging themselves, so they are no longer learning and growing OR b) they’ve taken on a new challenge such as promotion to manager and they fear messing it up and don’t want to fail.


The solution to both problems is the same - start stretching your comfort zone! Taking small steps every day to learn something new will show you what’s possible and give your confidence a boost.


Bold moves are made up of lots of little steps!


Most people are nervous when I suggest stretching their comfort zone, but it really doesn’t have to be so overwhelming, you can start small and build it up.


Here are '14 ways for you to stretch your comfort zone' (without sending you into a blind panic):


  1. Change what you eat for breakfast. Yes, that’s right, I did say change. Maybe you eat the same cereal every day, try changing it up and learn to make porridge. If you have yoghurt and fruit, pick up some fruit in the supermarket you’ve never tried before and see what it tastes like.

  2. Switch up your routine. What time do you get up in the morning? If you want more hours in the day, you’re in control. Start setting your alarm 10 mins earlier each day for a week. See what you can do with the extra time, even if it’s spending longer in the shower, it’s still a change to your habits.

  3. Go for a walk on your own. Being outdoors in the fresh air is so good for your mental health. If you already go walking then try a different route, go down a road you’ve never been down before. Get curious and explore the unknown in your personal life will inspire you to do the same in your working life too.

  4. Read the book that’s by the side of your bed or on your Audible playlist. It’s been there so long now; you know you will benefit from reading it, but you just haven’t had time. Now that you’re getting up earlier you can spend 10 minutes a day reading a few pages. You’ll feel better knowing you’re making progress.

  5. Revive your hobby that you used to love. Pick up the pencils to draw a picture or dig your bike out of the garage. Promise yourself you’ll do it on Saturday, allow yourself to look forward to it.

  6. Smile and greet people warmly. Smiling is infectious when someone smiles at you. You can’t help but smile back. If you get nervous around people you don’t know then start making a conscious effort to smile. It sends a signal to your brain to relax and feel happy 😀

  7. Listen to some music. These days we spend so much time looking at screens, it’s good to switch off and use your ears for a while instead of your eyes. Who’s your favourite artist? Listen to someone you don’t know. Maybe try some classical music or put on some dance music and have a boogie!

  8. Phone a friend. When was the last time you used your phone to actually speak to someone?? Why not make someone’s day by calling to see how they are. There doesn’t have to be a reason. If you would usually send a WhatsApp or Email, make the call instead.

  9. Cook something new. There are so many cooking subscriptions out there these days and you may be wondering which one to try. Why not do a kitchen challenge instead? Pick 5 ingredients from your fridge and see what you can come up with. Make it fun!

  10. When did you last change your hair style? Try a new colour or go shorter, freshening up your image can give you a boost and help you to feel more confident about making other changes.

  11. Join a club or network of people with similar interests to you. If you’re working on your health, there are lots of walking groups out there. Meeting new people and talking about shared interests will help you to develop communication and people skills which you can then use at work too.

  12. Sign up for a challenge. If you want to really stretch yourself there’s nothing like a deadline to give you that kick up the behind. Putting your name down for a run or cycle challenge or even attending an online social media challenge with other people will give you that added motivation.

  13. Take a trip somewhere you’ve never been. There’s nothing like travel to broaden your horizon, learn about a new culture and try new food. Maybe it’s been a while since you got out the country - treat yourself to an adventure of a lifetime!

  14. Start a blog so you’ve e got a record of all the exciting things you’ve done! Imagine looking back in a years’ time and reading all about your adventures. Who knows you might even be inspired to write a book??

Which one will you choose to do first? Go on I dare you, NO wait I double dare you! 😂😂


Once you get started it’s like a snowball effect. Start Becoming Bolder now and before long it will become a habit you can’t stop. Who knows where you’ll be this time next year?


However, it does mean you’ll have to get off the couch unfortunately…


How can I help you?


If you have any self-doubt, or fear of failure, please book a free Discovery Call with me, where I can reassure you and offer some suitable tips and coaching options.


Many thanks


Liz

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