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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Overcoming Fear and Building Confidence
Alright family, here’s the one ring to rule them all for personal development. Be Uncomfortable and Grow.
Think about the last time you felt uncomfortable. Maybe you were giving a presentation, meeting new people, or trying a new hobby. Did you feel nervous or anxious? Did you want to back out and retreat to the safety of your comfort zone?
We’ve all been there, but it’s important to remember that discomfort is not a sign of failure. In fact, it’s a necessary part of personal growth. By stepping out of our comfort zones, we expose ourselves to new experiences and opportunities for learning and development.
Here’s my fave way to describe this (which everyone seems to ‘get’).
Imagine that your left hand is flat and at your shoulder height. This represents your comfort level.
Now imagine your right hand is at eye level. This hand represents your level of discomfort. The space between your hands is where growth occurs. The more you put yourself in uncomfortable situations, and your left hand moves up, the more growth you experience. As you build familiarity with being uncomfortable your confidence will grow too.
Eventually those hands will merge, you’ll reach a new level of comfort and confidence. Not only that your new level of uncomfortable will be way higher than you thought possible.
At first, it can be scary and feel like it’s impossible to step out of your comfort zone. THIS IS COMPLETELY NATURAL!! Maybe you’re afraid of failing, or you’re worried about what others will think of you. But the truth is, growth rarely happens within our comfort zones. If we want to achieve our goals and reach our full potential, we need to be willing to take risks and try new things.
So, why exactly is being uncomfortable essential for growth? Here are a few reasons:
Overcoming Fear and Building Confidence:
When we face our fears and push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we build confidence in ourselves. The more we overcome our fears, the more confidence we gain, and the easier it becomes to tackle new challenges.
Developing New Skills:
When we try new things, we have the opportunity to develop new skills and broaden our perspectives. Maybe you’ll discover a new hobby or interest that you never knew you had. Or perhaps you’ll learn a new skill that can help you in your career. What you’ll find is that any new skill you learn, will have parts to it that can help you learn another. It might be in how you apply it, where you apply it, who you worked with and how you worked with them. It’s the same as when we learned as a child to pick up a toy and put it into our mouths. That skill transferred to the dinner table. Taking the time to learn a new skill can really help you embrace discomfort and open up new doors and opportunities for growth.
Learning from Failure:
Failure is an inevitable part of growth. When we push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we’re bound to experience setbacks and failures along the way. But instead of letting these failures discourage us, use them as opportunities to learn and grow. Yeah, that failure stings and it sucks. But we gain valuable insights and experiences that will help us in the future.
So to wrap it all up – “Be uncomfortable and grow” is an essential part of personal growth. When we push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, we create opportunities for new experiences, personal development and growth. So the next time you’re faced with a challenge or opportunity that feels uncomfortable, remember the catchphrase, remember the hand analogy and push yourself to take the leap.
Growth, development and confidence in EVERY aspect of your life are waiting for you.