Pushing yourself into the unknown is quite a scary thought. The decision to reach outside of our comfort zone enables us to gain new skills and pushes us to the next level. So, what’s stopping you from making that leap?
You should always be open to the possibility of trying something new. Things like saying f**k this and going to a movie alone (which we highly recommend by the way, there’s nothing more liberating than sitting back and stuffing your face with popcorn in front of the screen without shame), or, trying something at the restaurant other than the usual ‘steak and chips’.
There are times in life when you don’t get a choice when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone. There will be times when you will need to for work or when getting a new job. For example, you could be told that you have to hold a meeting at work displaying your proposed project, even though you’re normally the one sat out back pulling it together and leave the talking to someone else. These types of opportunity, whilst daunting, can be a space for improvement and should be jumped on at every opportunity.
‘But why?’, you may be asking. Well, here are but a few reasons:
- Do you want to live with regrets or ‘what ifs’ floating in your mind?
- You never know what will come of it
- You’ll find a newfound confidence and motivation
Now, we’re not going to tell you it’s going to be smooth sailing. Because it won’t be.
Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone can go wrong, or it can be a little wobbly or maybe you’re just not very good at it. But so what? You’ve decided to step out of your comfort zone for a reason, right? If we’re not rubbish at something, are we even human?
You may face challenges along the way, (carrying on with our example), you may end up stuttering or feeling like you’ve made a complete fool of yourself in front of your work colleagues. But all in all, everyone has had to start somewhere and I’m sure others have been in your position too – if they haven’t, we’re pretty sure that they’re lying.
The important part of stepping out of your comfort zone is the takeaway – How do you feel now that you’ve conquered it? What did you learn from it? How can you improve next time? What would you do differently? Line some goals out for what you want to achieve and when. This is your starting point for development.
DO IT TOGETHER – YOU’RE NOT ALONE
If at first, the decision to do something new totally freaks you out, just know that everyone feels uneasy to start with when stepping out of their comfort zone. Speak with a family member, a friend, or even a work colleague. You don’t have to take this leap of faith alone, there is support for you. If it’s your first-time giving blood, for example, why not ask someone if they would do it too?
(If you’re actually interested in giving blood, please follow this link to the NHS website.)