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  • Writer's pictureKel Galavan

The Surprising Benefits of Getting Uncomfortable, Level up your Money and Life

If you ever want to see what a rabbit in headlights looks like, look no further. That's exactly how I felt during a recent TV interview on money management. The camera, the studio lights, the spotlight – it all felt overwhelming, and I wasn't sure if I'd ever be entirely comfortable in that setting.


But you know what? So what!


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Sometimes in life, we have to do hard things and put ourselves outside our comfort zone to achieve our goals and aspirations. It's about facing our fears head-on and pushing through the discomfort to get to where we want to be.


Here's the thing – if you never step out of your comfort zone, how can you possibly fully experience the world? How can you grow and evolve if you're always playing it safe and staying within the confines of what feels familiar and comfortable?


Whether it's taking control of your cash flow, pursuing a new career path, or simply deciding that you want more from life than just surviving, it all requires stepping outside your comfort zone.


So, take a big, deep breath, hold your chin up high, and move forward. Embrace the discomfort, because here's the truth: if you step outside your comfort zone, you step into your growth zone.


You know what's crazy about your growth zone? Pretty soon, it becomes your new comfort zone. The things that once felt daunting and intimidating now feel natural and effortless.


Here are some real-life benefits of taking that step outside what you know:


1. Personal Growth: 

Stepping outside of our comfort zone challenges us to learn new skills, acquire knowledge, and develop as people, leading to personal growth and self-improvement. More developed people means fewer arguments over who drank the last of the milk. 


2. Increased Resilience: 

Facing discomfort and uncertainty builds resilience. Uncertainty is one of the most unnerving things to happen to us as humans, we naturally run a mile from it. But if you have the courage to embrace uncertainty it enables us to adapt to change more effectively and bounce back from setbacks with greater strength and determination.


3. Expanded Comfort Zone: 

Each time we step outside our comfort zone, our comfort zone expands. Over time this allows us to tackle even bigger challenges and opportunities in the future with confidence and ease. If you do this long enough your comfort zone will stretch as far as the eye can see.


4. Enhanced Creativity: 

Embracing discomfort forces us to get creative. It encourages us to think outside the box, explore new perspectives, and find innovative solutions to problems. Embrace the power of your mind and its ability to think laterally. 


5. Improved Confidence: 

Successfully navigating unfamiliar situations and overcoming obstacles boosts our confidence and self-esteem, empowering us to tackle future challenges with greater assurance. Once you’ve tried something new, whether it's talking in an interview or asking for that raise you’ll realise that it is not as scary and you are more adept than you ever thought possible. 


6. Broadened Perspective: 

Stepping outside our comfort zone exposes us to new experiences, cultures, and viewpoints, broadening our perspective and fostering empathy, understanding, and open-mindedness. The world is a rich tapestry; give yourself the opportunity to experience and appreciate it. 


7. Accelerated Learning: 

Embracing discomfort accelerates our learning process by forcing us to adapt, experiment, and push our boundaries, leading to rapid upskilling and developing knowledge.


8. Seizing Opportunities: 

By venturing outside our comfort zone, we open ourselves up to a world of opportunities that we may have otherwise missed. This allows us to explore new possibilities and pursue our passions with courage and conviction.


9. Overcoming Fears: 

Confronting our fears and anxieties head-on crushes their power over us, freeing us from the limitations imposed by our comfort zone and enabling us to live more fully and authentically.


10. Achieving Goals:

Stepping outside of our comfort zone is often the key to achieving our most ambitious goals and dreams, as it requires courage, determination, and a willingness to embrace discomfort in pursuit of more.



Final Thoughts

It doesn't stop there. Keep pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and you'll find that it stretches as far as your mind can perceive. Your capacity for growth and expansion will become limitless.


So, feel the fear, but dare to believe that you can play big and even achieve financial freedom if you want it. Take that step, no matter how small or uncertain it may seem. Because every step you take outside your comfort zone brings you one step closer to the life you've always dreamed of.


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