2 Reasons Why Introverts Should Stop Feeling Pressured To Bust Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Reduced anxiety and stress.
Are these things you’re working towards in your business?
Wikipedia defines your comfort zone as:
“a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress.”
How good does that sound?! If you were to think about what your ideal day looks like, would this definition be a good fit?
For most of us, yes, it absolutely would. Because we want to be in control in our businesses. We want to feel familiar with the tasks we need to complete and we want to feel confident in our ability to do them. We want to feel at ease and experience as little anxiety and stress as possible.
This is what our comfort zones offer us.
And yet, we are constantly bombarded with pressure to ‘bust out of our comfort zone'. To break out of the very thing that offers us security, control and confidence.
Now, I understand the benefit of pushing your boundaries in order to grow. It’s a necessary part of our development as people, and particularly, as entrepreneurs. But how you do it is up to you. That’s what I’m talking about here. Just giving another perspective on how to achieve the growth you desire.
For some people, busting out of their comfort zone is something they cope with really well and they do see immense reward. This is fantastic and brave and should be continued if it’s working for you.
But some of us struggle.
The list of things we should do, or want to do, gets bigger and bigger and creates 2 problems:
1. You waste time and energy worrying about how you’re going to achieve those ‘out of your comfort zone’ tasks.
As an introvert your energy is precious because there are a lot of aspects to running your own business that are highly stimulating and draining. The problem with stressing over things that are outside of your comfort zone is that you’re wasting your energy on something that you’re not moving forward on. You’re not acting on those tasks, they’re just sitting there on your to-do list making you feel anxious and inadequate.
Often this stress prevents you from being as productive as you could be in other areas of your business. It’s always there at the back of your mind nagging at you. Worry is relentless until you make a change.
That brings me to my second point:
2. You finally do the thing and ‘bust out of your comfort zone’ but experience stress and anxiety which drains your energy and decreases productivity.
The problem with this approach is that it has the potential to push you too far into overwhelm. A little pressure can be good for productivity but too much pressure or discomfort often means that you are no longer operating from a place of strength. This means your confidence drops and tasks take longer to complete because things aren’t flowing from your best self.
Let's not sugar coat things, both of these options are fairly rubbish right? And definitely not serving you or promoting that ideal day you’re working towards. Unfortunately, a lot of us are in this exact position. Do either of these apply to you? I can honestly tell you that both of these situations were my reality for a long time so you are very much not alone. Many introverts struggle with this consistently. The turning point for me personally was when I changed my perspective.
It’s my life. My business. My comfort zone. MY CHOICE.
The same applies to you. The way in which you grow and expand your comfort zone is up to you.
What if you could find a way to expand your comfort zone gradually instead of busting out of it. What if you could make a strategic plan and tackle those tasks confidently and comfortably?
This is totally possible for you if you’re willing to get intentional about it. Your comfort zone is a good thing so sit down and take the time to figure out how you can expand it to achieve the growth you desire from a place of strength instead of overwhelm.
If you need support around this I would love to help you expand your comfort zone comfortably and confidently and help you gain momentum towards those big shiny dreams you have. You can book a free discovery call to see if we’d be a good fit for working together towards your goal by clicking the button below.
Wishing you ease and control,