January 22, 2008

Why Going Outside Your Comfort Zone Is Worthwhile

Pushing yourself to do things outside of your comfort zone is the difference between watching from the sidelines and trying something yourself. Whenever I feel the anxiety flow through me when I am about to try something outside my comfort zone I remind myself the reasons why it is worthwhile. These are the reasons:

You can make new friends who you wouldn't have met otherwise. Some of the people I met through sports I was almost too scared to audition for ended up being my close friends. These people ended up having similar interests as me, but we didn't have a place to meet where we all shared a common interest. You couldn't meet them before, because they were in places outside your comfort zone.

You can find something you are passionate about that you would have never discovered. When I am on the water at crew practice it feels as if all my emotions wash away. All that is left is calming motions and the beautiful scenery. If I hadn't gone out of my comfort zone and tried it I never would have been able to feel this way.

Your passion could turn into your dream career. That one time you went out of your comfort zone and found your passion could lead to a career. If I had never gone out of my comfort zone and tried out for crew I couldn't feel that passion for crew. I would have never considered crew as a career. Even though I'm not seriously considering it is still as an option because I have tried it. Because you have tried something you have an option to use it as a career.

You may make a mistake while going outside your comfort zone. Most people wouldn't consider this as positive, but I do. Whenever I make a mistake I learn never to make the same mistake. If you had never gone outside of your comfort zone you would have never learned what works and what doesn't. You would still be in the dark about the issue. You are more likely to hone onto the mistake while outside your comfort zone, because you feel self conscious and nervous. You will pick up on it and not make it again. The important part is to not beat yourself up over the mistake and think of it as a mistake that will be prevented in the future.

Remember: A turtle can't move until it sticks its head out. In other words you can't move forward or backward until you go outside your comfort zone.


AC Associates said...

Great post and oh so true. You have a great attitude!
Keep up the good work

A. Caleb Hartley - Business Consultant & Entrepreneur said...

Bravo! Getting out of your comfprt zone regularly helps to continually expand your comfort zone... so it definitely takes some work and some guts.

This is something else that will only help you in your future endeavors, whether they be as an employee or as an entrepreneur.

Great post!

A. Caleb Hartley
Keep up with eco-happenings!

C-Squared said...

Writing is one of my passions. At first, I just wrote for myself. But eventually I realized that I couldn't just write for myself, I had to write for other people. Reading in front of others used to be terrifying for me (and it still is sometimes), but now I feel a lot more confident. I've even done some slam poetry, although i'm nowhere near as good as Beau Sia or Saul Williams.

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