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Get out of your comfort zone and into your learning zone

Get out of your comfort zone and into your learning zone

I don’t know who said it, but one of the quotes I really love is: Nothing changes if you’re comfortable. And I love it so much cause, I believe it is true. Almost every time I am uncomfortable doing something I always feel better afterwards. Kind of the same feeling like going to the gym and always feeling better after than before. What am I talking about? Getting out of your comfort zone of course! Read on if you’re curious to know how to get into your learning zone.

The theory of basic emotions and the comfort zone model

According to the theory of basic emotions, emotions are produced through activation in separate neural pathways distinct from the fear system. Likewise, they produce subjective feelings, peripheral nervous systems patterns, and behaviors associated with that specific emotional state. Recognize the feeling when you have a task at hand that feels a bit unnatural or uncomfortable to do? That place is what we call the growth or learning zone. The effectiveness of the comfort zone model is based on the belief that when people are place in a stressful situation they’ll overcome their fear it and grow from it. Going overboard on the discomfort will get one in the panic zone.

Getting into that learning zone

According to the comfort zone model there is an important distinction between the comfortable area and panic area, that is the sweet spot of learning where one wants to be. Getting into this specific zone means doing (new) things that aren’t in your regular comfort zone, but also won’t freak you out until the point of freezing up and feeling paralyzed. However big or small this learning zone is, is really personal and can change over time. In time for 2018s new year’s resolutions, I want to tackle getting comfortable with more (live) public speaking.

What did getting out of the comfort zone bring me so far?

Looking back at the past year, there are two things that have really gotten me out of my comfort zone. The first one being dating, as I am really the most awkward person ever when it come to this. I have zero game and will hopefully never have to do so again, even though it has been Ashley’s source of entertainment for quite some time. The second one is being the company vlogger at my job for a year now. Digging into subjects and presenting them in front of a camera has been terrifying. After finishing the year of vlogs I am glad to say that I have gotten used to it now. It brought me awesome opportunities including going abroad, getting on national TV, reporting at conferences and revealing innovation projects. Even though it wasn’t always easy or comfortable, I am grateful for having gained these experiences.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone and into your learning zone? What are the challenges you’ll be taking on? Share them in the comments.

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