5 Big Benefits of Leaving Your Comfort Zone


You will always reach a point in your author journey where you’ll need to leave your comfort zone. Because if you don’t, you’ll stagnate.
Your book ideas will remain yours and yours alone (and what good is that for all those potential readers waiting to hear your message?).
You’ll never feel that incredible satisfaction of finishing your first draft or holding your book in your hand.
You’ll feel frustrated and fed up with yourself, and your writing confidence will plummet. I kid you not.




Do one thing every day that scares you.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Don’t get me wrong. I know it’s difficult to step out of your comfort zone. It’s always going to be scary and … well, uncomfortable!
You’ll make excuses … faff around … procrastinate … you’ll take other people’s opinions on board … you’ll get nowhere fast. 
But I promise you, if you can cope with a little discomfort at the beginning, you’ll bag yourself tons of rewards by the end. 
Want to discover more about the big, beautiful benefits of stepping outside of your comfort zone?
Then keep reading, writing friend.



#1 Your Productivity Levels Will Soar


When you stay warm and snuggled in your comfort zone, you get lazy. It’s a fact. Your subconscious is keeping you safe. But to be frank, you’re going nowhere. It’s only when you take that leap and shift into brand-new territory that you’ll see how much more energy you have to get things done. Throw a deadline into the mix too and you’ll be amazed at what a change of mindset can do for your productivity levels.






#2 You’ll Become More Adaptable


Try taking baby steps out of your comfort zone to make the transition easier. And when you get more used to doing this, you’ll find you’re more able to adapt to new situations and ideas. As your adaptability increases, you’ll start to push the boundaries of your comfort zone and it will sprinkle some colour and spice into your life.

Who wants to do the same, boring things day in and day out when there’s a whole new world out there waiting for you to embrace it? Never mind the … what if I fail attitude. Think about … what if I fly instead.





#3 Success is Way More Likely

No successful person ever stayed in their comfort zone. They took risks and chances, and even when something felt the polar opposite of their normal activities, situations, and behaviours, they kept on pushing. Success follows a period of discomfort. So if you want to enjoy the sweet taste of success, it’s time to leave your comfort zone.








One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.

Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

~ Abraham Maslow





#4 It Will Boost Your Self-Confidence


After clinging to my comfort zone for years, I finally published my first book a few years ago. And I can’t tell you how much it boosted my confidence. I’ve since written another seven books and created 80+ low-content books too. When I look back, I think that getting that first book out of my system was the catalyst for helping me grow in confidence. I realised that publishing my book didn’t have to be the monumental challenge I’d imagined, and when I took that power away that it seemed to hold over me it was liberating.

Leaving your comfort zone really does wonders for your confidence. It will make you see you are good enough, smart enough, worthy enough. And you’ll feel so much better than you ever did while sitting in your comfort zone.





May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

~Nelson Mandela





#5 You’ll Discover What You’re Made Of


If you wallow in your comfort zone, you’ll never find out how resilient you are or the extent of your hidden talents. It’s only when you take that first leap and sit within those uncomfortable feelings that you’ll see a powerful shift. You’re capable of so much more than that comfort zone you’re trapped in. It’s time to air that superhero’s cape.



As you can see, there are some pretty epic benefits to stepping outside your comfort zone, and these are just a snippet! If you’ve been debating about stepping out of your comfort zone, take this as a sign that you should. Before you know it, you’ll impact every part of your author journey (and possibly your life too!).





Top tips to get you out of your comfort zone


  • Start where you are.
  • Take it baby step by baby step.
  • Challenge your beliefs.
  • Do what you can.
  • And when those niggles fire up, you’ll know you’re on the right path.




My book recommendation to help you out of your comfort zone


The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

By Gay Hendricks





Do something today to shift yourself out of that comfort zone. Let me know how you get on.


Happy growing!



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