Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
– Brian Tracy
It’s not an easy thing to do. It doesn’t feel right at first, and it won’t be comfortable. But to move past yourself and your mistakes, it’s a necessary evil.
It’s hard. It’s occasionally terrifying. But you’ve got to do it. As comfortable as your comfort zone seems, if you never leave it you’re only hurting yourself.
For a long time I’ve struggled with leaving my comfort zone. Even making polite conversation in a store is a nerve-wracking experience for me. My body doesn’t know how to handle things I’m not experienced in and in the end I’m just left embarrassed.
I’m still struggling. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop struggling against myself. But I’m finding things that I can relax into.
I was terrified to start driving. I thought it’d take too long to learn or that I’d get into a car accident as soon as I pressed on the gas. Yet this week I was able to drive my mom and I home in our neighborhood. If I hadn’t told myself that, yes, I can do this and everything will be fine, I probably wouldn’t have, and I wouldn’t be more confident with myself.
This week I got my senior pictures taken, chatted with the photographers, posed and smiled for the camera. It was something I had never experienced before. It was scary, but ended up being very enjoyable. I stopped in a store to ask about applications. That was terrifying, but I was proud of myself for handling it calmly.
I realized this week that as my life goes on, it will only get worse. I will have to start working (eventually) at an actual job, and have to interact with people on a day to day basis. I will eventually go somewhere for college and figure out what exactly I want to do with my life. And challenges will never stop rising up to taunt me out my comfort zone.
And it’s up to me whether I let them defeat me, or if I defeat them myself.
For a while I thought that the whole world was pressing in against me, squeezing me into a box. But I realized that I was shoving myself and my confidence into that box.
Will there be times when situations are out of my control? Yes.
Will there be times when the world does seem like it’s completely against me? Of course.
What else can I do but step back, see the situation for what it really is and then push forward?
I know that to some, this won’t help, and they will still feel trapped. But I hope that I can make a few people like me understand that your comfort zone is not a good place to confine yourself in.
For many, this year is senior year. (#MakeH15tory) Move away from things you’re comfortable with. Try out for the talent show. Do conditioning for that one sport you’ve always wanted to try. Ask that person you like, out. Make new friends. You will only grow as a person through these experiences.
For others, this year is just halfway over. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes now.
You can only grow from experience.
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and start living.