4 Ways To Challenge Yourself By Eclipsing Your Comfort Zone

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Comfort zones, much like world records, are meant to be broken. They have the same kind of longevity, drifting in the background, but alluded to as the attained, a familiar “thing.” Nowhere breaking your comfort zones more prevalent than in science and in sports. In such arenas of life, it’s almost the norm to break past all limits and challenge what’s familiar to create something greater. It’s in the same sense that we as human beings should seek to challenge our minds and our bodies. By doing so we can lead fruitful, healthy lives, and hopefully impact the lives of others around us.


Comfort Zone: perform at maximum capacity with minimum stress

This does not mean that you’re performing at your maximum potential, just your highest comfortable speed were there’s no risk of breaking down. There’s also a space called optimal anxiety, which you’re placed in a condition of elevated stress and pressure but it’s a space conducive to high performance under pressure. If you ask any athlete about their performance levels, they’re likely to tell you that it’s not the absence of stress which allows them to perform, but the management of it. It is essential to continuously find ways to step outside of your comfort zone in order to bring about constant change in your life.


Simple comfort zone challenges

Challenge your less dominant hand: what better way to challenge your comfort zone than to mess with decades of neural programming. Brush your teeth every other morning with your opposite hand, and try to write a few lines every night to balance out your hand.

Acquire a new skill: we’re all comfortable with what we’re good at, and as we get older this only becomes more fortified. Learn a new language, take a certification course, or learn to do a handstand. Stimulate your mind and your body, to open your world up to taking on new challenges and conquering them.

Run, roll, swim: there is nothing more organic than taking our bodies to the limit for designated periods of times or distances.

Rise and excel: rather than meet deadlines, crush them. Finish projects earlier than anticipated. Arrive at your destinations 10 to 15 minutes earlier just for the hell of it. Don’t just meet expectations, surpass them. If you can develop the habit of operating at 100 when only 95 is expected of you, the habit will spill over into all areas of your life, propelling you to greatness.

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