Doing something that we know we may struggle with, seems a little odd, right? More scary than odd. I have already written a blog about exploring our boundaries and embarking on a journey, which continually challenges us, as far as comfort zones are concerned.
I thought I would elaborate further. I came across this quote, which caught my eye, by Juan Williams who talks about and encourages us to come out of our own space.
“Go beyond what makes you comfortable. Open yourself to ideas, events, relationships that make you uncomfortable. Travel places, where you know no one. Learn another language. Create art, even though you’re not an artist. Argue with people. Fall down. Get up. Read books, all sorts of books.”
One of the reasons we stay within our comfort zone is because of the fear of coming out of it, but by understanding and addressing our fears, we allow ourselves to move through the fears we feel. We tend to reach a brick wall.
How many of us have ever taken emotional risks?
Risks like handing in a resignation letter because we’ve decided to move on to another job, or we’ve decided to move abroad on to something that gives us more purpose that will help us grow and live our lives the way we want, rather than the way others want us to live.
When we stay in a routine, it’s often because we’re reluctant to move, so we follow the norm. Financially we’re doing okay, we can pay the mortgage, we can pay our bills. We also know the job, we know the people, we know the set up, we’re comfortable. To come away from that will give us more uncertainty and that is why we shy away.
By testing our resilience, we are able to come out from our comfort zone, so that we get to experience more of life. It takes time, but it’s certainly doable. If I had have taken time to think about setting up and writing for the Diary, I’d still be waiting to get off the starting block.
Sometimes it really is a necessity. Closing one door to open another. We get to that point where it’s now or never. That we can’t go back that we must go forward. If you’re already thinking that you need to take the plunge, then do it. I would say, rather try and fail than not try at all.