Doing something that we know we struggle with seems a little odd, right? Or perhaps it’s more scary than odd. 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 zones is because of the fear of us coming out of it. By understanding and addressing our fears, we are able to move through the fears. We tend to reach a brick wall without it. We stay in a routine because we’re reluctant to venture away from it.
Our routine is familiar 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. It’s what we know. To come away from that gives us more uncertainty.
But by testing our resilience, we get to come out of our comfort zone. If I’d have taken time to think about setting up The Diary, I’d still be waiting to get off the starting block. Sometimes we just have to do what scares us the most.
We must close one door to open another. If you’re thinking that you might want to take the plunge, then do it. As they say, rather try and fail than not try at all.