Do you sometimes want to do something different, but it seems like you always find an excuse to hold yourself back? I do. I have self-doubts because I don’t t think I have the confidence, skills, and abilities. With having these negative thoughts have hindered my growth and possibly made me miss many opportunities in life.
I don’t know when but I eventually realize that it was time to change my thoughts and step out of my comfort zone.
Four things that you will learn from stepping out of your comfort zone.
You Become More Independent
I was in a long-term relationship of 7.5 years. In the last couple of years together, I came to realize our relationship wasn’t moving forward but I didn’t know if ending the relationship was the right choice. I was dependent on him, and I kept thinking our relationship would get better and something will change.
Over time, I finally admitted to myself that I am just comfortable being in the relationship even though I am not happy and so we ended. Getting out of this long-term relationship was scary, and many uncertainties were going through my mind. It was my first big step in getting out of my comfort zone to be on my own and so far, being on my own helped me discovered that I am a strong woman who can do many things on my own.
You Will Discover that There are Many Different Career Opportunities
Here is another long-term commitment of my life. I was working for a fast food company for ten years, and yes, this was my childhood job. Eventually, it was time for me to move on because my passion and interest didn't align with the company anymore. While updating my resume and job searching, I realize that I don’t have a lot of qualifications. So, I thought to myself, should I stay with the company because I knew that I could do the job and get a paycheck. But this was was the wrong choice, too.
So, I quit my job. Luckily my friend from a recruitment agency hired me and put many in many job placements. Now, I work in the agriculture industry that I didn’t even know it existed and I find my current job challenging and rewarding at the same time.
You Experience Challenge and Growth
Facing challenges in life forces you to put yourself in uncomfortable situations, and this is what makes a person grow. These situations enable you to learn new skills, adopt new habits and experience new things. For example, verbal communication can sometimes be challenging for me at work. I would have to think about what to say and how I am delivering my messages and if it is effective while considering who I am talking to. Over time, I have acquired new ways to communicate with different people at work through experiences and feedback.
I think that communication can be a consistent challenge to many people and can sometimes leave you in uncomfortable situations with the wrong choice of words. Read, A Deeper Dive: Communication Is Key, But why? To help you be more aware of effective communication. Being aware of how you communicate can help you move forward in work and life.
You Overcome Fears
No More “I Wish” and “I Can't-Do This” and more of “Just do it.” As mentioned previously in my blogs, writing is one of my fears. I had procrastinated for many years before I pursued blogging. From encouragement from my amazing friends, I finally did it. Here I am writing to the world. Now I know it’s not scary as I imagined.
I believe that getting out of your comfort zone helps you be a better version of you. At least you could say I’ve tried and I could see that I either succeeded or failed. If you don’t go for it, you will always ponder on what could happen. As we all know that time is a precious so don’t waste time.