5 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone to Unlock Creative Potential
Let’s Expand Our Comfort Zones!
As multi-passionate artists, musicians, actors, and creatives your best work is there waiting for you on the other side of your comfort zone.
It can be a good thing when you find your comfort zone. Everyone likes a place where they can feel safe. However, sometimes your comfort zone will limit you. You might be missing out on opportunities without even knowing that you’re missing out!
Expanding your comfort zone can bring a whole new world of excitement, passion, experiences, friends, financial opportunities, and knowledge into your life. To take advantage of these benefits, the first thing you must do is embrace change.
Life is full of changes. When you get into the habit of finding the good in every change, you become more comfortable with the idea of change itself and look forward to the new adventures that lie ahead.
With this mindset, you’re ready, willing, and able to expand your comfort zone.
Here are 5 tips to get you started
1. Try New Mediums or Artforms
One of the easiest ways to step outside of your comfort zone as an artist is to try something new.
I’ve always been a multi passionate artist, and I love working with musicians, actors, artists of all kinds. I did notice that in different industries, you stick to your own, don’t you? But I would always want to bring the film industry and the music industry together because you can learn so much from each other.
In your art form, if you’re a musician, see what the actors are up to. Maybe take an acting class. If you’re an actor, take a dance class. If you’re a painter, go to theater. Or try sculpting. If you’re a sculptor, try photography. If you’re a writer, try drawing. Do something new.
You don’t have to do anything terribly exciting or even have any expectations about the results. Just do something you’ve never done before.
I’ve gone through phases of playing with different art forms. Some of them I sucked at. Some of them I learned to enjoy and wanted to learn more about. But either way, it pushes your comfort zone and if you’re trying something new, you’re learning something new. So not only will this help you develop new skills and techniques, but it’ll also give you a fresh perspective on your art and creativity.
You may find that you’re able to bring new ideas and concepts to your original medium as a result of trying something new.
2. Take on New Challenges To Expand You Comfort Zone
Another way to push yourself as an artist is to take on new challenges. This could mean setting a goal to create a certain number of pieces in a certain amount of time, or trying to create a piece of art with a specific theme or message.
These challenges can help to motivate you and keep you focused on your art. They can also help you to identify areas where you need to improve and work on your weaknesses.
3. Collaborate with Other Artists
Collaborating with other artists can be a great way to expand your comfort zone and try new things. You may find that working with someone else’s style or medium can inspire you to think outside of the box and approach your art in a new way.
Collaborating can also help you to develop new skills and techniques as you work together to create something new. New people will help you expand your comfort zone by bringing new ideas into your life.
4. Attend Workshops and Classes
I’m a lifelong learner, and I know a lot of multi passionate artists are. We have that quest to learn new things, and so we love being students. We’re always starting new, learning something new. So attending workshops and classes can also help expand your comfort zone as an artist.
Not only will you be learning from experts in your field, but you’ll also be exposed to new ideas and techniques that you may not have considered before. Workshops and classes can also provide a supportive environment where you can experiment and try new things without fear of failure.
5. Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone in Other Areas of Your Life
Finally, it’s important to recognize that stepping outside of your comfort zone in other areas of your life can also have a positive impact on your art. Trying new things, taking risks, and pushing yourself to be uncomfortable can help you to develop the confidence and resilience needed to tackle new challenges in your art.
Take small steps. One of the most important tips when it comes to expanding your comfort zone is to tread lightly. If you expect too much too soon, you may shock yourself and go running back to your bubble. Feel free to take even the smallest of steps.
Each step forward is just that: a step forward. These steps will add up to something big as long as you keep trying.
I’ve pushed my comfort zone by putting myself out there, sharing my stories, sharing my personality. I spent my whole life trying not to be seen. Each time I might put something little out there, but to me it was a huge deal. And the more you do it, the more you share.
For a long time doing video was a huge step for me. So do short videos, be over prepared for your videos. And then the more you do it, the more you can just wing it because you’ve prepared and because you’ve had experience.
Same when I’m on podcasts, I don’t prepare at all. I just show up and wing it because I know my stuff, I know my stories, I know my brand, I know my expertise, I know your audience, the podcast audience, I know what you’re looking to learn.
And so I’m confident in that now. But that took time and each step pushing my comfort zone.
Expanding your comfort zone as an artist can be challenging, but it’s rewarding, and it gets you closer to achieving your goals.
What are some things that have been holding you back? How will you push your comfort zone in the next week or two? What could you do that would get you that one step closer to being able to do the thing that you fear? So get out there.
Don’t let the fear hold you back from achieving your dreams.