Sarah Coleman: 10 ways to get outside your comfort zone
For Explore Steamboat
We all love our cozy comfort zone. I mean, why not, it’s comfortable. But, we have all heard it a million times that “the “magic” happens once you step out of it.” This month, I dare you to try it. It isn’t going to be easy but it will be worth it. I promise.
1. Flip a coin
Have a tough decision to make? Try flipping a coin and being totally ok with the outcome, whichever way the coin falls.
2. Do 5 minutes of burpees
If you find that you are not utterly uncomfortable at some point during this, do five more minutes.
3. Face your fears
Pick something that scares you, I mean really scares you. It could be anything afraid of the dark, public speaking, CrossFit, large crowds, etc. Whatever it may be, give yourself a time frame. Spend two to five minutes doing it everyday for a week, month or a year. At the end of your designated timeframe, ask yourself, am I less scared?
4. Do yourself a favor
Sign up for something you have always wanted to do: a new class, an adventure, a trip, a certification, a race – you get the picture. Spend the time leading up to the experience visualizing greatness, success and accomplishment.
5. Live fully in the present
Have an “anything can happen day.” Mark the designated day on your calendar with a big red smiley face. Call in sick, go to a movie, go on a hike, turn your phone off – live spontaneously for one whole day.
6. Learn something new
Study. Learn. Practice. Test your knowledge and learn how to dance or speak another language.
7. Acts of kindness
Sometimes, we have to do something for someone else before we can do it for ourselves. Become a mentor, bake someone cookies with a new recipe or challenge a friend to a new task or activity.
8. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
The more you do it, the easier it can become. Start simple, brush your teeth with your eyes closed, go out, stay in, walk to work, hide a love note, take a different route or try salmon again.
Have a technology-free day. No really, turn everything off. Music, phone, computer, brain, all of it and see how you feel. It might be really uncomfortable or really nice to disconnect.
10. Your tribe
When in doubt, rely on your tribe to help. Ask others how they get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Their response could surprise you with something you never thought of.
Studies show that not only does the “magic” happen just outside your comfort zone but you will age better, be more creative, learn more and perform as your best self.
Still not convinced? Join me at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Sundance Studio for a fun and challenging conversation about this topic and other ways to push your own boundaries. Bring a friend and leave your comfort zone at the door.
Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently, the health and wellness director at The Foundry, Coleman is a personal trainer, “CrossFitter” coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.
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