This week has been pretty amazing for me. I launched my new website to incredible feedback. I got sign-ups for my newsletter. And I booked a new client. While much of this was celebrated over a beer to two, the party I feel inside hasn’t stopped and I don’t want it to.
The invitation to this party wouldn’t exist if I didn’t step outside of my comfort zone this week. I’ve been nestled inside it for a heck of a long time. Sure, I’d occasionally venture beyond it but usually when I began to feel uncomfortable, I’d quietly retreat back inside.
Returning to our comfort zones is always an easy solution when we want to silence our feelings of insecurity or uncertainty. Comfort zones are our safe havens. They deliver familiarity. They deliver a sense of security. And they shelter us from the questions we don’t want to ask so we can avoid the answers.
The results of retreating back inside our comfort zones are usually instant (and we all love instant results!). But that’s what we usually focus on. The immediate benefits. And in doing so, we often fail to see the negative impact they may be having.
One of those negative impacts could be that you’re cockblocking change within yourself.
This was certainly the case for me. Keeping myself nestled in my comfort zone was preventing change within my life. Within my business. And within myself. The result?
I came to a standstill and I was fucking miserable.
There’s nothing worse than desperately wanting change and realizing that the only thing preventing that change is yourself. It’s like a kick to the gut. Like I said above, comfort zones often shield us from the questions we don’t want to ask ourselves. But eventually those questions need to be answered. The longer you avoid the hard truths, the harder the kick feels. My advice?
Treat those hard truths like a band-aid. Rip them off, feel the pain briefly but then take the steps required so you don’t need that band-aid again.
Let’s face it, at the end of the day which pain is ultimately going to feel worse? The pain of ripping that band-aid off? Or the pain of waking up one day realizing you’re living life on the sidelines because you’re afraid to step outside of your comfort zone? I’m going to go with the latter.
What have you done this week to step out of your comfort zone? Tell me below so I can give you a virtual hive five! And if you’re stuck in your comfort zone, get out of it, put yourself out there and try something new. You might surprise yourself.
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