According to Brandeis University Associate Professor Andy Molinsky, getting outside of your comfort zone is critical for personal and career success.
“No one likes to move beyond his or her comfort zone,” Molinsky writes in Harvard Business Review, “but that’s really where the magic happens.” Molinsky suggests the following tips for facing uncomfortable challenges:
- Rationalize the “can,” not the “can’t.” “Instead of rationalizing why the behavior is something not worth performing, actively brainstorm all the reasons why it’s worth performing,” Molinsky says.
- Don’t leap before looking. Clearly identify and understand the most challenging aspects of uncomfortable situations or changes before diving into them. That allows you to take control of the situation rather than let it overwhelm you.
- Lather, rinse, repeat. Adapting to changes, especially scary ones, takes time and persistence. Allow yourself the time and latitude to progress incrementally while you make repeated attempts to thrive outside your comfort zone.
— Adapted from “Get out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified,” Andy Molinsky, Harvard Business Review Blog Network, blogs.hbr.org.