– No, I don’t mean do dangerous things!
Humans are used to doing things that they find comfort in; taking the easy route; avoiding conflict or not accomplishing difficult tasks. I believe this is because we try to protect ourselves from the unknown. But this “unknown” is where growth is found!
Recently I was asked to step out of my comfort zone and my intuition was to say NO. Instead what I did was say YES! Yes, I will step out of my comfort zone so that I can grow, and learn. And I’m so glad that I did. In my experience, being outside of my comfort zone makes me conquer my self-limiting beliefs and it makes me feel a sense of pride. It’s hard, and it feels impossible in the moment, but when I push past those uncomfortable feelings, it’s blissful!
It’s hard, being outside of our comfort zones, but have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone? What did that feel like for you? Is it an experience you remember? For me, it feels like walking up a hill with weights. I know that by the time I reach the top of this preverbal hilltop, I’ll be stronger and wiser but while the weights are on my it’s a tough challenge. There are self-limiting beliefs that make us think we cannot accomplish certain goals. How do we face these? Usually, we just cower and believe them. But what if you pushed yourself past those beliefs? Imagine the beauty that you could find within.
Next time you are asked to step up to the plate, lead the charge or simply asked to do something you’ve never tried, ask yourself “What is the worst thing that could happen?”. I use this technique when I’m feeling anxious, I ask “what is the worst-case scenario, best case, and most likely to happen?”, asking myself this allows me time to realize that the worst thing is probably not that bad. Try it out!