Our beloved comfort zone, our security blanket and safety-net protecting us from the unknown; you know, that awful unknown that seeps fear into our mind and prevents us from able to conquer what we want. But what if, that safe place was a danger zone in disguise? What if it was holding us hostage in its big cuddly arms?
Doing something we aren’t comfortable with is something we are fantastic at avoiding I should know! I’ve been presented with opportunities and found excuses to dismiss or avoid them. I’ve been lucky enough to have mentors who have always tried to push my growth – but I know I need to take responsibility for that myself. I am consciously trying to work outside of my comfort zone, in different aspects of my life & I challenge you to do the same. I get excited by learning new things and taking on challenges – playing it safe, is cheating myself.
In the last year, I have stepped outside what I deemed as safe I presented a short dance solo, took part in a workshop where I thought I wouldn’t belong, auditioned for a performance programme I didn’t think I would even be considered for, qualified as a personal trainer and I decided to start my business adventure (which included this blog!). They may not sound that adventurous to some people but it’s not about other people. (As for the business adventure, well I’ve only just begun but boy am I excited for what it brings!)
Don’t get me wrong, there are many more opportunities where I haven’t taken the plunge, or if I have anxiety clung to me like a koala – leaving me feeling awkward, embarrassed and alone! But one thing is for sure – I regret not trying, a 100 times more than not succeeding. If we don’t step outside that comfort zone we’re stopping ourselves from finding out what else we can do… and we can do more.
Of course our comfort zone is home to the things we are good at – so lets keep adding to those skills & experiences, if we can envisage something greater for ourselves than we can’t settle for anything less. The skills we have learnt, used to be alien to us but now they sit in our comfort zone.
Look at riding a bike, those stabilisers never let me fall off but I never got as much speed as my older sister – ooh but you better believe when those bad boys came off I was flying down the road! I’m sure we all remember those days fondly. It can be scary to let go of what we know, but we can always come back to it.
So… I challenge you to join me in facing fears and situations we think are too challenging for us or not good enough for. Be adventurous as you like.
List 3 opportunities/events/challenges that take you out of your comfort zone that you are going to take on in the next 3 months.
- It could be doing that exercise or dance class you’ve always wanted to do
- Going on a trip by yourself to the other side of the world
- Or maybe it is taking that leap and changing career.
Whatever stepping out of your comfort zone means to you – make sure you do it for yourself. Xx