written by Kate Stoneburner – Account Representative at Raleigh Marketing Consultants
Whether you’re an intern or a CEO, you have a comfort zone. We all do, and we all like it there.
It’s human nature to form routines, so even naturally adventurous risk-takers are susceptible to falling into familiar patterns. Your personal comfort zone is a state of being that protects you from risk, stress, and anxiety while you live out your days on autopilot, performing habitual actions. When we are in our comfort zone, we are most at ease.
So, what’s wrong with a little ease? After all, isn’t being stress-free a good thing?
Yes–too much stress and anxiety can have negative consequences like illness, reduced productivity, and anxiety. Staying in your comfort zone for too long, however, puts you at risk of becoming complacent, unproductive, and unmotivated. Studies have shown that a small amount of stress, like the kind that comes from learning something new, setting a deadline, or doing something out of the ordinary, can boost productivity.
At RMC, we know that we perform our best when we allow ourselves to be a little bit uncomfortable. But breaking away from the usual routine is good for more than just boosting productivity.
Here are a few more benefits of venturing outside your comfort zone:
Accepting an ambitious deadline or taking on a new challenge gives you a healthy dose of extra pressure to deliver what you’ve promised. Extra tasks usually bring potential for reward if you succeed, too, so take on a new responsibility and see what unfolds.
Trying new things can help you learn and grow by exposing you to new information and new approaches. There’s never any harm in adding skills and experiences to your resume.
and stepping up:
By taking on more responsibility, and by speaking up to share ideas and propose solutions to problems, you’ll draw positive attention in the workplace.
Whether you’re looking for recognition and public speaking opportunities or trying to climb the corporate ladder speedily, getting out of your comfort zone to speak up can help you reach your goals.
Doing uncomfortable things like meeting new people, trying new things, and taking risks can help to boost your creativity by changing your way of thinking and exposing you to new ideas and experiences.
You may find yourself discovering talents you didn’t know you possessed and abilities you didn’t think you were capable of!
Getting out of your comfort zone often leads to a boost in confidence when you show yourself that you are stronger than you think you are.
Getting out of your comfort zone by facing new challenges can improve your problem-solving skills as well as your adaptability.
You might learn to use your resources more efficiently, improve your time-management, and trust your intuition.