How to Axe Your Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zones Defined: A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.

When someone says to step out of your comfort zone, they are mainly talking about trying something new or trying something you already do, differently. This is something that athletes might hear often in practice from coaches and even from each other. As an athlete, there are multiple situations in which you may have to step out of your comfort zone. In Cheerleading as life, this is typically an important skill to master.

As a cheerleader, that could mean going from a flyer to a base (or vise-versa), trying a brand new skill you may have never attempted before, or learning a skill in a new way. In order to be a productive athlete on a team, you may need to make sacrifices. Those sacrifices might require you to step out from where you are at ease and comfortable in to the unknown.  If we were to all just stay in our comfort zones, chances are, nothing would really get done and not much would change. Here are some of the key ways to step out of your comfort zone.

1. Know your comfort zone
Everyone has a stress free zone. It varies from person to person. So to step out of your comfort zone and grow as an athlete and individual, you need to know your stress-free zone. In order to find your comfort zone, you need to ask yourself and find out where in a particular situation, do you find yourself at ease? Where are you able to relax and just let everything flow? Check out this interesting read on the Science of a Comfort Zone here.

2. Understand that it will not be easy
As with anything, stepping out of your comfort zone will not be easy. Stepping out of your comfort zone could even be described as the hardest thing a person can do. This may be because you are in a way fighting against yourself. You are taking something you might do all the time and changing the way you do it. You might find yourself confused at first and even a bit scared, but as long as you keep in mind your goal, you will be okay. Once you step out of your comfort zone, you will feel as though you are a new person. Here is a related Blog- check it out for more tips to help Overcome Mental Blocks. 

3. Measure Your Progress against only yourself
Everyone moves at their own pace and everyone as individuals should dance to their own beat. Therefore, you should never fully dedicate stepping out of your own comfort zone to the goal of wanting to beat someone else’s progress. Remember, we’re all a team. And as a team, we encourage each other rather than “one-up” one another.  As a team, you should be taking one step forward and allowing those who are on your team space to move up as well.

4. Take one step at a time
Never rush to change. By rushing to change, you may stress yourself out rather than see something in a possible new light. In order to make a smooth transition out of your comfort zone, you must take your time. By taking your time, you are allowing your body and mind to fully understand the changes you are making. This is similar to trying to learn how to walk; you crawl before you get up and walk.

5. Change your mindset, perspective, and never give up

A person’s mindset is the attitudes held by that individual. The only limits that exist for an individual is what their mind comes up with and limits them to. No matter how hard something may seem; you must always stay positive and keep moving forward. Learn to nderstand and be able to recognize when it is appropriate to step out of your comfort zone. At that point, you may grow as a person and mature as an individual, and develop your strength as a team.

 

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Christen Carpenter

Christen is a all-star cheerleader from Maryland and has been cheering since 2007. Her favorite thing about cheerleading is the excitement of performing her routines in front of judges and the crowd. She values the time and practice her and her team have spent perfecting their routines to make them as good as possible.

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