It's very easy to stay in your comfort zone. It's nice there. But you know the saying about doing the same things in the same way - you won't get different results.
There's no denying that it can be very scary doing something different, especially if you can't tackle it with supreme confidence.
Just ask yourself "what's the worst that can happen?" Usually nothing much. Then ask yourself "what's the best that can happen?" Now we're getting somewhere!
A well-used life coaching exercise is to stand in a hula hoop or on a small rug and think of this as your comfort zone. Now take one small step outside it - not so bad was it? And your safe space is just there, right next to you. You haven't left all the good things behind.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and daunted, you don't have to "boil the ocean" - just one small step will send you in the right direction. Break your plans and projects down into smaller, simpler actions and take them one at a time. Want to lose a stone? Spend the first week of your healthy eating campaign concentrating on losing just one pound. Repeat as necessary.
It's a proven fact that a little stress can be good for you as it enhances concentration and focus. Psychologists refer to three states - comfort zone, optimal performance zone and danger zone. Obviously the middle is the place to be, and by exploring that zone step by step there's less chance of you getting out of your depth.
Go on - take that step.