Leaping Into Your Discomfort Zone

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You'll hear it as advice for everything from your career to your mental health,  social connections, and more: get out of your comfort zone.

It's great advice most of the time, but can also be harmful if we approach it in an over-simplified way.

Doing new and uncomfortable things is a great way to grow, learn new skills, and enjoy the many spices of life.

Getting out of your comfort zone can lead to new opportunities in your career, social circle, or simply to feel joy.

But at the same time, your comfort zone is an important place for you to unwind, relax, and heal from the exhaustion of life.

Dogmatically forcing yourself out of your comfort zone at all times is an unhealthy recipe for fatigue, stress, and chronic burnout.

Similarly, leaping way too far out of your comfort zone can backfire, leading to physical, mental, and emotional harm.

It is more sustainable to gradually expand your comfort zone over time by regularly trying new things and growing.

Leaping into your discomfort zone in the pursuit of growth is a joyful and thrilling experience that can open many doors.

But approaching it in a rigid, forceful way is a form of overexertion that will likely cost you more in the long run than it's worth.

Take it one day at a time. Take an uncomfortable leap whenever you can, but you can still make room for comfort and safety, too.

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