Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-23-2013

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Embrace Discomfort  Understand that uneasy feelings amid high-risk situations are normal. Strive to manage these emotions—even channeling it to drive optimal performance—rather than eliminate them.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Train for Pressure  Play competitive games like Scrabble or chess under strict time controls—even for stakes—to learn to how to perform when everything is on the line.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Appreciate the Journey  When we dwell upon outcomes, we tend to get intimidated. Instead focus on the excitement of discovery in attempting to reach your goal or destination.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Expand Your Comfort Zone  Eat food you have never tried before. Drive somewhere you've never been without using GPS. Go to a concert and experience music you were never previously aware of.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Walk Away From the Computer  Don't depend solely upon Google for "instant results" research. Get out of the office. Talk to people. Read widely. Or attempt to solve a problem all on your own.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Limit Stimulations  Shut down your e-mail. Turn off the smartphone. Eliminate all outside noise and spend time every day just thinking.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Listen Without Distractions  In meeting with an IT team member, colleague or senior manager, be fully engaged without taking phone calls, texts and e-mails.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Develop In-Depth Immersion  Don't cut someone off when they try to explain a situation. Read entire articles instead of just bullet points. Dive deeply into a topic.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Embrace Opposition  Seek out those who have completely different perspectives, to intellectually challenge your tenets.

Nine Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone