Although familiarity may feel comforting, it’s often a hidden trap. The truth is, brilliant work, new discoveries, and novel sources of inspiration usually come from areas of unexplored paths, and that unexplored territory often takes the appearance of discomfort.
Pushing beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone may take some practice, but the rewards are well worth it—for both personal and professional development. We’ve gathered some of the best sources of inspiration to help you find the motivation and know-how to tackle the challenge of getting out of that zone—and making big things happen.
Before you learn how to escape your comfort zone, first learn about what it is and what makes it so difficult to break out of. (Lifehacker)
Here are some great ways to build your confidence by trying new things outside your work life. (Thought Catalog)
Breaking out of your comfort zone is a lifestyle change, and this is exactly why stepping out of familiarity is so effective. (Medium)
Opening up and pushing the boundaries can start with some simple first steps. (Tiny Buddha)
Not only is discomfort the new comfort zone, but it’s the key to opportunity and discovery. (HBR)
By making these adjustments, both your professional and personal life will find new leads. (Positivity Blog)
See why your comfort zone is tied down by your habits to understand the best way to design a new comfort zone. (Lifehack)
Learn from people (read: entrepreneurs) who’ve already done it. See the six ways they think and deal with constant change in their startups. (AlleyWatch)
Already starting to feel inspired? Read the articles below to learn more about how to make your comfort zone work for you:
- Not Making Progress? Why You Shouldn’t Give Up Just Yet
- 15 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Friday
- What to Do When You Don’t Feel Ready for a Challenging Project
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Before joining The Muse, Sarah worked in social business innovation for Virgin Unite in London, strategy and innovation at Market Gravity, sustainability research in the Dominican Republic, and business development for a NYC startup. Wrapping up her time at Columbia University, she’s headed to McKinsey & Company after graduation. Say hi on Twitter @sarahlichang.More from this Author