Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind

Posted on 06/16/2016

Travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone.

You are away from your home, things are different and you are experiencing new
places, people and things. Getting out of your comfort zone is the very meaning of exploration and is synonymous with travel.

Everyone’s comfort zone is different. For some people, just leaving home and staying at a hotel in a far-flung locale is their definition of an adventure. But for others, truly leaving your comfort zone is trying something that you would never do in your everyday life – doing something extreme – and there are definite advantages to this.If we get stuck in this behavioral space, or comfort zone, we risk not being able to grow as a person.

“We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure,” the author John Gardner wrote in "Self-Renewal."
“It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and
experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking
failure — all your life. It’s as simple as that.” We generally see stress as a bad thing, but a little bit of healthy stress can lead to
personal growth – and travel can sometimes provide the perfect outlet for creating a good amount of anxiety, fostering the ability for the
traveler to grow and experience something new.

Recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone to try a form of rock climbing called via ferrata, where climbers who are clipped into metal cords climb sheer cliff faces, cross gorges on suspension bridges and climb ladders to bridge gaps in rock walls. Pretty much anyone who is relatively fit can try viaferrata, but it is definitely both mentally and physically challenging for those who give it a try – and it definitely took me out of my comfort zone.
I am not a climber by nature but I only have a mild fear of heights. However, it wasn’t the elevation or the climbing that
took me to the brink. It was the fear of not knowing what to do and where to go and having to figure it out. There’s really no way out once you are up there and, therefore, you have to move, climb and maneuver yourself in whatever way possible to reach the top.
It was terrifying, but I learned that I could do it. Now, when I look at a sheer cliff or rock wall, I stare up with admiration – but I also think
to myself, I can climb that.

Source: Travel Pulse