We all have those areas in life that are familiar to us. Some are great. Some less so! But we’re used to them; we know where we stand and what to expect.
So it takes courage to step outside of our comfort zone into unfamiliar territory. As the saying goes:
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t!
However that often isn’t true
Ok, so we won’t know what challenges we’ll meet – and for some people it will feel like one big leap into the panic zone! But if we break any change down into small steps then it can take something that seems insurmountable and make it possible – and a whole lot less frightening.
The key is to expand our learning zone
Regularly stepping outside of our comfort zone to learn something new develops new pathways in our brain – and it also expands our world. The more we do this, the less overwhelming change will feel.
A few years ago, to celebrate a significant birthday, we decided to try to do something new every day. It could be big or small – it just had to be something we hadn’t done before. So for example, I tried a few new crossword puzzles over the year and found some that are now my favourites. We also visited some National Trust gardens we hadn’t been to before and tried some new recipes. It was a fun year and we certainly learnt a lot!
Being open to learning new things will reduce the size and impact of the panic zone – change just won’t seem so frightening anymore.
And of course it will always help to have a clear driver for change. For our year it was the target of doing something new every day. When it came to reducing inflammation it was the aim of preventing horrible diseases.
Just have a go!
Be brave and you might surprise yourself. And keep a record of the new things you’ve tried as an encouragement.
And before you know it, what seems insurmountable now might well be possible, bit by bit.
Want to know where to start?