Updated: Nov 13
How often do you think about your morning? 🤔
How often do you think about what you think in the morning? 💭
How much did you learn this morning? 🤷♂️
How much would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could? 😱
Sometimes, it is expected to feel stuck or stagnant, as if we're trapped in a monotonous routine that offers no room for personal growth. 😪
The dreaded comfort zone, while seemingly cozy, can hinder us from achieving our full potential.
Worse, it allows us to justify our lack of learning and feel good about it.
To break free from this rut and embrace change and growth, stepping out of our comfort zone and exploring new perspectives and experiences is crucial.
First, let's squash the myth that because of your age, experience, habits, etc., you can no longer learn.
According to studies conducted by Chen Q Yang H about brain neuroplasticity, learning is an ongoing process called structural plasticity, which is the brain's ability to change its physical structure because of learning.
In other words, the brain never stops changing in response to new experiences and the lessons we learn from them.
But, if your brain can step outside its comfort zone, why do we convince ourselves that we can't try or learn new things?
Often, the fear of the unknown holds us back from embracing change. We become accustomed to the familiar, even if it no longer serves us because it is safe and predictable.
However, personal and professional development lies in challenging ourselves and taking risks. It is about pushing our boundaries, even when it feels uncomfortable.
Here are three tips you can do today to start making your brain uncomfortable! 1) Try new things.
Engaging in activities we've never done allows us to broaden our horizons and discover hidden talents and passions. It could be as simple as trying a new hobby, signing up for a workshop, or taking a different route to work.
By willingly subjecting ourselves to the uncomfortable, we provoke growth and unlock hidden potentials. 2) Surround yourself with diverse perspectives.
Surrounding ourselves with supportive people who challenge our thinking can significantly impact our willingness to embrace change. Don't just seek out people who agree or disagree with you; find individuals who inspire and motivate you, have experienced similar struggles, and successfully overcome them.
Engaging with these individuals can provide encouragement, guidance, and new perspectives, helping us break free from our comfort zones.
3) Give yourself grace and patience.
Finally, embracing change and personal growth requires patience and self-compassion. It is essential to understand that personal growth is a journey, not an overnight transformation.
We should celebrate every small step outside our comfort zone, even if it feels insignificant.
Gradually, these steps will accumulate, culminating in significant change and personal growth. Eventually, that "change" will become comfortable.
You got this!
*Statements on this blog reflect the author's personal opinions and do not represent any other person, company, or organization. The purpose of this blog is general knowledge and to bring awareness to tools, techniques, people, and organizations that bring about positive change. The reader is strongly encouraged to perform independent research about the topics discussed.