Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Change is uncomfortable.
You have probably heard this many times. Stepping outside our comfort zone is uncomfortable; that is why it's called a comfort zone. In order to make changes, big or small, often we must push the limits and do something completely new. By pushing our own limits and challenging ourselves we can grow, evolve, and become better versions of ourselves. By taking a chance, we risk that the end result isn’t what we hoped for, however, sometimes it is even better than we could have dreamed. No matter the outcome, we learn something.
In the last 12 months, I have experienced some of the most amazing discomforts. April 17, 2014 changed our lives forever when our baby girl was born. That day and those that followed, I experienced labour pains, healing from a casarean section, engorgement, and fatigue. Without these discomforts, I would not have experienced this kind of love. Instantly, I was completely and totally in love with this little miracle. In the last few months, I have taken a leap of faith by quitting my permanent full time position to be able to spend more time at home. It was a difficult and uncomfortable decision to officially start Fit Your Life fitness classes, even though it is something I have been dreaming about for years.
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.
The changes in our life throughout the last year have pushed me to take steps towards my goals. What are you waiting for to make those changes you have been thinking about? Do you want to create a healthier lifestyle, but do not know where to start? Do you want to follow your dream career, but scared of failing?
Taking a step towards a healthy lifestyle might start by going for a walk after supper tonight or signing up for a new fitness class. Think about why jumping towards your dream career might be scary and start mapping out steps to get you closer. When we approach life day-by-day, week-by-week, and step-by-step, the challenges and discomforts are much smaller.
If we continue to do what we have always done, we will continue to be who we have always been.
There are aspects of our lives that are not in our control. What we can control are the conscious decisions we make and how we react to the discomforts these decisions might bring. I am not recommending to run 20km tonight if you have never run before, and definitely do not quit your job if you are not prepared for the immediate repercussions of this. What I am saying is to start evaluating your life and the challenges you have faced to see how you handled the discomfort as well as where you landed. If we are consciously and mindfully making decisions, we should not regret the outcomes.
Do one thing today that scares you.