It was Neale Donald Walsch who once said that “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Many people choose to live within their comfort zone due to a fear of change, fear of the unknown and a general lack of understanding of what “stepping out” of this zone can actually do for one’s mental health and well being. We tend to put limitations on ourselves regarding what we think we’re capable of achieving.
Routine feels safe. Doing something you’re good at feels safe. Doing what we’ve always done feels safe. We tend to feel comfortable with the norm . And why challenge this? Because each time you challenge yourself to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations, you will experience exponential growth. How boring would our lives be if we never stepped out of this zone? If we never experienced new things?
Let’s put it this way. If your daughter mentioned that she’s always wanted to be a ballerina, but feels as though she doesn’t have the skill set to be successful, you would likely tell her that she is capable of anything she sets her mind to – even if it may be challenging, difficult and outside of her comfort zone. What kind of parent would you be if you told your child that trying something new was silly, because it’s uncomfortable, new and different? Yet, most adults sabotage their own success by putting these exact same limitations on what they believe their capable of achieving!
Ask yourself why you’re resisting change? What limitations have you placed on yourself? What is the worst that can come of trying something new? The only way to deal with change is to embrace it. And that, is a beautiful gift.
So, the next time you consider trying something new, such as an adult dance class, choose to step outside of this comfort zone and be gone with limitations. Get out there and embrace change. Try something new and we promise you won’t regret it!