How to step out of your comfort zone

Ready to experience something new? Here’s how to get started.

As you grow up you slowly step out of the comfort zone of childhood and find your way from teenager to adulthood. Not only is this process normal, it’s necessary for you to eventually fly with your own wings. Can you feel the desire to be free and different (and, at the same time, to belong and fit in)? It’s an exciting – and scary – sensation. It takes courage to move on from your ‘old’ life and step into the unknown.

There is much to learn and there will be expectations on you – from society, parents, teachers and very often from yourself. But remember it can also be fun if you allow yourself to enjoy the journey. You’ll discover many new experiences, new feelings, new friends and a whole new world of possibilities. If you don’t feel ready, don’t pressure yourself. You don’t have to change overnight. Instead, you can slowly let go a little at a time while figuring out who you really are and what you want in life.

5 ways to embrace stepping out of your comfort zone

1. Remember that you’re not alone

We all have to grow up, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Ask for guidance. Guardians, older siblings and friends will be happy, even honoured, to help you in such a personal matter. Make the most of the support you can get.

2. Make decisions carefully

Try not to throw yourself into dangerous situations, blindly follow others or ignore the consequences of your actions. Approach each situation carefully to make decisions you’re comfortable with and take time to appreciate what’s happening in your life.

3. There’s no need to rush

If you feel that things are not happening fast enough, stay patient. Things may not be as you expected right now, but give it time and don’t be afraid to try again or do things differently. You have the power to make changes, and it’s never too late to do so.

4. Take a step back

Sometimes life can be confusing and you might feel lost. Try not to let your emotions take over. Take a break and make a list of the different challenges you have to deal with. Address them one at a time, and cross them off as you move through, so you can appreciate your progress.

5. Learn to be the best you

Fear is not a nice feeling and can make you doubt your abilities. But don’t let it stop you from realising your potential. Be bold and try not to be afraid of growing up. Better, look forward to it and become the best person you can be.

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