The Proven Method to Successfully Facing Your Fears & Overcoming Them
Basically every life coach and self-help “guru” out there is saying the same thing: You need to leave your comfort zone to challenge yourself and grow as a person.
And they are right in principle, but what they fail to mention is how to do it properly.
Because if you approach it the wrong way, you can actually make things worse. Why? It’s simple really. There are three different zones that will lead to drastically different outcomes.
So what are they? The first zone is the comfort zone. This refers to taking actions that you are completely comfortable with. This zone provides low levels of stress as well as low levels of mental stimulation.
The next zone is the stretch zone. Here, things start to get a bit uncomfortable as your challenge and levels of stress have increased. However, the stress is not only manageable, but actually keeps you focused and on point. And because of this, you begin to learn and grow.
The final zone is the stress zone. Here, you are constantly overwhelmed and overly stressed by your challenges. In this zone, not only are you unable to do your best, but you actually start going into fight or flight mode—making it incredibly difficult to learn as you quickly shut down and become exhausted.
So now that you’re familiar with the three different zones, I’m sure it’s easy to see that the stretch zone is the place to be.
So make it a goal to discover your personal stretch zone and try to find your way in there as often as possible. How? Easy.
Schedule your priorities and mind your stress levels. Add these priorities to your daily calendar and examine how you feel when doing them. If the tasks are important, be sure to do them yourself. If they are not important have someone else do it if possible or just ditch it altogether. By doing this, you’ll be able to avoid overwhelming yourself so that you can stay in that almighty stretch zone.
Hope you enjoyed the read.
The Venice Beach Rat