As much as I’m embarrassed to admit it, I don’t willingly challenge myself. In school, relationships, work, etc. I tend to stay in my small bubble of a comfort zone. Even when it comes to little things, like workouts or food, I much prefer to stick with what I know. Running at an easy pace? Great. Doing speed workouts on my own? Eh, probably won’t happen. I’m particularly stubborn when it comes to the more significant decisions.
Pinterest always tells us to “push our limits,” and “do what scares us,” but in reality, that stuff is hard. However, after looking back and looking ahead, those quotes and “preachy” words of wisdom might have the right idea. This post is vague (I will share more soon) but I just needed to Think Out Loud today. Thanks, Amanda!
First, it’s important to remember that “hard” is subjective and very personal to each of us. What’s hard for you may not be hard for me, and vice-versa. But regardless, change happens when we do what’s hard, when we leave our comfort zones. If we want to grow we have to take risks.
At this stage of my life (college), I’m supposed to try new things. I have few responsibilities outside of school so this is the ideal time to take risks (although I consider them calculated risks for me ;) ). Plus, if not now, when? I keep saying things like “next year” or “tomorrow” but when that time comes I’m going to have the same excuses.
Looking back, the things that I’m most proud of required me to challenge my comfort zone. Going to college was a huge step out of my comfort zone as I could have gone to a school closer to home or with people I knew. In the years since then I’ve taken small risks, this blog being one of them, but I’m admittedly comfortable now. I definitely don’t want to live thinking “what if,” so it’s up to me to take control of the situation. My dreams are scary, but I guess that’s a good sign…?
Unless you count my dream of winning the lottery or becoming a princess. Those aren’t the least bit scary.
Doing what’s hard can lead YOU to success/freedom/peace/whatever you want to achieve. Maybe the hard thing for you is working out. Maybe the hard thing is not working out. Maybe it’s hard to voice your opinion. Or maybe it’s hard to bite your tongue and listen to other people’s opinions.
Try on the other side for a change.
I often tell my spin class that they should be at a “comfortably uncomfortable” place. A place that is challenging in a good way. Where are working harder than normal, but you know it’s for the right reasons.
I think it’s time for me to take my own advice. Application officially submitted.
When was the last time you left your comfort zone?
What is your dream job? Mine is a princess (somewhat kidding).