Take the leap - How stepping outside of your comfort zone benefits you
To be honest I struggled on how to start this blog, what topic, and how to make it just right. That's when a well timed podcast gave me just the push I needed. I was listening to Gretchen Rubin's "Happier" podcast (Episode 126) and they had a discussion related to a happiness stumbling block on perfectionism and how it can lead to paralysis of sorts. How if you wait for things to be perfect you'll never get anything done and that sometimes it's better to get something submitted or sent than to keep stewing over it and waiting for the perfect moment, article, post, whatever it is that you're doing. The episode really spoke to me as I kept thinking and overthinking about my blog.
This week I challenged myself to do three things outside my comfort zone and posting this first blog entry is one of them. I love my comfort zone and I have loved it for far too long. Loved it to the point that in my late thirties, which I know is still young, I was simply going through the motions of daily life and not really challenging myself in anyway or seeking new and heightened levels of enjoyment. Before identifying this everything was flowing smoothly, as it should when you are operating within your perfectly controlled comfort zone, but then something shifted or changed or maybe I just woke up and realized I wanted, and was capable, of so much more. I was living below my potential, which at then end of the day or the end of one's life, is a heartbreaking realization to come to, at least mine came to me while I still have plenty of time to change it.
So how am I changing things? The biggest and most life impacting change was to finally start my own business, to take a chance and make a leap and see what happens. I no longer want to be the person who wishes for change or opportunities, I want to be the person who creates them, so here I am. I identified what I am very skilled at and I found a way to offer this in a way that will help people and make an impact as these were two areas I identified as pieces missing from my world. I wanted to make a difference and help people, and with my business I can. I am now able to help people achieve their goals and grow their passion businesses, I can see how what I'm doing helps and makes a difference and that is incredibly fulfilling.
I am an introverted person by nature which I think is part of the reason I loved my comfort zone so much, but by stepping, and in some cases leaping outside it I am gaining so much more confidence in myself and I am seeing what I am capable of. I'm proving to myself that I was right before when I realized I was living far below my potential. The funny thing about comfort zones is that while safe, nothing happens there. So whether it's a baby step outside it or a massive leap of faith, make the decision to try and see what happens, you just might prove yourself right, that you can do more.
I'd love to hear what stepping outside your comfort zone has brought you, let's inspire one another to continue the journey into the great beyond.
Until next time.