Routines give us a sense of security and comfort, but they can also limit us. For example, even when it is time to move on, you may be afraid of going after a new job or career that you want to pursue. So how can you be more confident? The key is to understand how your comfort zone works. In this article, we discuss this topic and some ways that you can break out of your comfort zone as a job seeker.
Gain the Right Level of Comfort
In the New York Times article “Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone (and of Course, Back In)”, Alina Tugend mentions a thought-provoking quote by Daniel H. Pink: “We need a place of productive discomfort. If you’re too comfortable, you’re not productive. And if you’re too uncomfortable, you’re not productive.” The ideal level of anxiety (called optimal anxiety) can drive us forward, but too much anxiety and trying too hard can backfire and discourage us. This highlights the fact that we must find the right level of comfort for getting out of our comfort zone successfully.
What can you do when fear is overwhelming? A solution for reaching optimal anxiety is to minimize your fear so that you can expand your comfort zone. This can involve reducing a fear with a step-by-step plan. For example, you may want to get into a career where public speaking in front of a large audience is required, but you are deathly afraid of speaking in public. To minimize the fear, you can create a step-by-step process where you start speaking in front of small groups of people and gradually speak in front of larger and larger audiences.
Try New Things
Trying new things can help you to create excitement in your life, reduce fear, build confidence, and connect with new people. As you do this, you might also discover a new career path. For example, you might take a graphic design course and find that you are great at it and want to pursue it as a career.
Remember Times When You Stepped Out of Your Comfort Zone
Make a list of times when you stepped out of your comfort zone. Ask yourself how you benefited each time. From looking at your list, you will realize that stepping out of your comfort zone has helped you to grow and gain new experiences. Even though a certain experience may have seemed scary at first, with practice, you were able to master it.
An example is learning to drive a car. When you first start to drive, you are probably not very comfortable with it because there are many things to learn about navigating the vehicle, as well as the road. But learning to drive can give you more freedom and experiences than you would have otherwise.
Trying to break out of your comfort zone alone can be very daunting and challenging. It can also take much longer than you would like. Therefore, having a support system is essential, especially when it comes to reaching your career goals. At 2Actify, we offer both individual and group coaching options. Learn about each program below and set up a FREE DISCOVERY CALL.