Why its important to leave your comfort zone

When was the last time you did something that scared you?

The easiest way to feel alive is when you leave your comfort zone. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the routine of day to day life pushing your dreams to the side. One of the easiest ways to change and grow as a person is to do something that is completely out of your comfort level.

When we think of doing something that scares us, many people start thinking of jumping out of planes or swimming with sharks, it doesn’t necessarily have to get that bold. For most of us we can think of small things that scare us that don’t involve much real physical danger, like performing or heights. It’s amazing sometimes the things we avoid for fear of feeling uncomfortable. Now I’m not saying this because I think we should all be out here torturing ourselves, far from. Over the past year I’ve really made a push to make myself do things that I know I am capable of but would ordinarily avoid. For myself the first time I really pushed myself in a long time was being the very first person to jump into the ocean to go swimming. I’ve never been a confident swimmer even though I do know how to swim properly. I would always be one of the last people in and that’s if I ever made it in, and that would involve slowly wading in. This isn’t me recommending everyone to launch themselves into the ocean, but in that moment I knew I was capable and I was safe.

The satisfaction of being able to tell yourself “I did it” is amazing. Jumping into the ocean is by no means a difficult task, and yet the feeling of showing yourself you can do something you didn’t think you’d be able to can be a huge source of confidence. It’s likely nothing I’ll put on a resume, but in that moment I proved to myself that I can do more than I sometimes give myself credit for. If you’ve ever read a self help book you’ve likely come across something similar to “you can’t become a different person if you keep doing the same things you always do”. Change is scary, but showing that you can handle it will exponentially help take you in the right direction.

Everyone is scared of something different, and sometimes there’s a good reason for us to be uncomfortable with it. It’s important that you know your limitations and don’t take on something more than what you can handle. If you’re unable to swim then I don’t suggest doing what I did. But maybe you’re afraid of public speaking, or running a marathon, or maybe you’re afraid to have a difficult conversation with someone. If it’s something you know you’d be better for doing, you need to do it. Then the next thing. Personal growth doesn’t end but rather is a life long endeavour. You don’t need to constantly make yourself uncomfortable, but you should be pushing yourself when you are in a good place to challenge yourself.

When was a time you did something that scared you? how did you feel after? What scares you that you’re going to try to overcome? Share your stories in the comments!


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