I am doing things I never thought I would. Or at least I want to.
We want to stay in our comfort zone so badly. But that will get us nowhere. For a long time, I’ve only pushed at my boundaries a little, nudging what I can do here and there, and never really taking a leap.
Sometime along the way, I’ll realize that most people are as insecure as I feel. Everyone is scared sometimes. Everyone has their own comfort zone that they don’t want to come out of.
I had two presentations a little while back. One of them was completely in my comfort zone–I was confident, I was prepared, and I knew it was going to be awesome. It was awesome. The other one was very outside of my comfort zone–I was scared, I was nervous, and I just wanted to get it done.
When I was done with that second one, with the hard one, I knew that I hadn’t done a great job. I knew that I seemed a little flustered at times. I hated being in front of the class. It was uncomfortable and hard. (I didn’t do that bad of job–I did get an A minus on it.)
It’s amazing how freeing it is to make a fool of yourself in front of others. I don’t have to be perfect. I can step outside of what I’m comfortable with because . . .
It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to be embarrassed. It’s okay if people don’t like you or they judge you for it. It’s okay if your cheeks are bright red, you know everyone is looking at you, and you are shaking in your boots.
Because, in the end, once you step outside of your comfort zone, that boundary extends itself, and it’s easier the next time. And the next time. And the time after that. In fact, one time stepping outside your comfort zone can make all the difference, and you become a better person. Just from one time.
So this is my pep talk to myself. Because I’m finding out right now that I want to do more. My comfort zone is strangling me and I want to break free from it.