Did you consider that stepping out of your comfort zone could actually be simple… and fun?
As human beings, getting out of our comfort zone is terrifying for many of us. There are nerves, anxiety, and the annoying voice in our head that’s bracing us for the worst. That voice is obnoxiously loud and it talks us out of it, shrinking us down while building those walls that keep us from moving up and forward. You’ve heard it talk, right?
We are then left wondering what could have become of it, if we just took that step. Hindsight. But we don’t get those moments back, so it’s up to us to take action when the opportunity presents itself.
If we live in our “comfort zone”, we eventually die there. What will be said when we’re gone? “Here lies … who had the ability to change the world, but instead chose to die in a little circle all their own.”
We’ve all heard that the beauty, the magic, and the success are just outside of our comfort zones.
So how do we get there, when we’re too afraid to step out?
We shove ourselves out.
There’s a 3-step process that starts with one simple thing.
Find something you know you need to do in the near future. Then strategically set it up so that you will have no choice but to follow through.
RSVP for an event by yourself, leaving your spouse/comfort zone at home. Announce something you will be doing to people who will hold you accountable, no matter what. Sign up for the event, or choose a deadline, or commit to whatever it is. But make it non-negotiable, ahead of time.
Then, when the time comes, Step 2. Shove yourself out. You’ve given yourself no other choice. Those first few seconds may be hard. Take a deep breath. Say “ow” if you have to. You can even be annoyed with yourself for a moment.
Then you’re out there. 2 out of 3 steps already accomplished.
Be proud of yourself for getting into that moment! This is progress!
Next, it’s time to shine. Be uniquely you and do the thing you were scared to do so the opportunity doesn’t pass you by. At this point, you are there in that incredible moment, showing up for yourself.
The size of your comfort zone will increase, as will the number of priceless experiences.
It’s a process. It’s growth.
The first time it will take a shove.
Another time, just a push.
Later on, a gentle nudge to get yourself out of that comfort zone and into your LIFE.
So Set-up. Shove. Shine.
Life is so much bigger and greater than your comfort zone.