“The one thing you learn is when you can step out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, you see what you’re made of and who you are.” ~Sue Bird

One reason a lot of us stay stuck in situations we don’t love is because it feels comfortable or normal to us. We don’t want to step outside of our comfort zone even if logically, we know that it can change our lives in big ways. We might SAY we want to change. And we might even make a few efforts to that end – but when all is said and done, many of us would rather deal with the “wolf we know” as opposed to the one we don’t.

So what are we supposed to do? This is not the answer you probably want to hear, but it’s the truth. We have to overcome our fear and take a leap of faith right out of our comfort zone and into the unknown!

In other words, to live life on your own terms, you might need to do the one thing you’re most dreading right now: let go of the need to stay in the familiar. To live life on your own terms, you need to get out of your comfort zone.

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone is the Key to Creating True Personal Change

A lot of people dream of living life on their own terms, because they want the freedom of being able to do whatever they want. But sadly, a lot of them don’t really know what it means to live life on your own terms.

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future,” writes Denis Waitley. “You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

What does it mean to live life on your own terms?

Living life on your own terms means that you aren’t afraid of confrontation, and you’ll always put your own best interests first. If it doesn’t benefit you, you’re not going to like it, and you’ll do whatever you can to avoid it.

If you want to do something that you enjoy, such as building your online business, you’ll do it. However, if there’s something you don’t like doing, like a certain business model, you won’t go near it.

If you want to find personal satisfaction in life, you’re going to have to live life on your own terms. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself being used as a doormat instead of being happy.

By living on your own terms, you not only discover what you find most important in life, but you also maintain a constant feeling of satisfaction and happiness. You’ll also figure out who’s working against you in your life and who you need to stop associating with.

However, with all of the positive aspects of living on your own terms, there are a few negatives. By choosing to live your life as you see fit, you’ll discover that it’s a very different life than most people lead you to believe. And, as Les Brown said, “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.”

Stop Trying to Please Everyone Else, Start Trying to Please Yourself

Many people are used to trying to help others more than they help themselves, so this will be a very harsh change of pace for them. You’ll have to get used to saying no to things you don’t want to do, where in the past, you’d simply put up with it.

These changes will take some time to make, but you’ll find that it’s well worth it when you’re finally used to it. By picking and choosing how you live each day, you open up many more paths for personal satisfaction and happiness.

You block out most negativity in your life and only live for the things you truly enjoy and love. By blocking out negativity, there will be very little left in your way to your goals, and the stuff that’s still blocking you will be easily overcome with the right attitude.

You may find yourself in a better situation financially, by moving on to a career you’re happy with rather than staying stuck in one you’re not pleased about. You’ll also be happier after weeding out the people in your life that are working against you, leaving you with only your true friends and loyal loved ones.

Your Turn: When is the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone? How did it turn out for you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.