If we want to be successful here in Singapore, we have to take risks. If it doesn’t work out, we have nothing but experience to carry around. Taking risks means leaving our comfort zone. Comfort zone refers to the psychological state which a person feels familiar, in control and at ease. The person within his/her comfort zone feels low anxiety and low sense of risks.

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Many people say that the magic happens outside our comfort zone. This doesn’t mean that we have to go outside Singapore to take risks. This means that we have to try things that we fear and stop playing safe if we want a difference. If we are thinking about leaving our comfort zone, we have to know the pros and cons. Here are the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone:

  • Pros: When we leave outside our comfort zone, we will understand more about ourselves or others. There is no doubt that our zone will expand. It does not end there because when we step outside, we will surely improve our self-confidence. Notice that when we see other people outside their comfort zones, they look happier and more satisfied; these people are called extrovert because they know a lot of people and they experience lots of things. Without a question, if we are outside the comfort zone, we learn how much we are actually capable of. More importantly, stepping outside can bring us knowledge and wisdom. Need we say more?

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  • Cons: There is always something that can hold us back. Thinking about the cons is natural because we fear the unknown. Yes, stepping outside our comfort zone is frightening. We do not know if something bad might happen and it is scaring us. That is understandable since we are in a new territory and we still need to explore it. If we go outside the comfort zone, there is a tendency that people will judge us. Some people disregard stepping outside because they think that everything is fine how it is. We often hear that what we do not know will not hurt us, this is also applicable for staying inside the comfort zone – we think that ignorance is bliss. We might also miss what we left and more importantly, we are afraid that we won’t be able to cope if things do not work out.

Now we know the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone. It is time that we weigh things and make it happen. We are not forced to leave everything but this is worth the thought. Let us ponder on this.

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