Posted by: cherylyoung | October 6, 2013

Push Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Alchemy

Push Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone

By Jennifer Smith
eagles
Did you know that an eagle will push there babies out of the nest
to show them they can fly?
     
        “Life is either a  daring adventure or nothing.
Security does not exist in nature,
nor do the  children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in
the  long run than exposure.” Helen Keller

Comfort zones: Nice cozy little pockets of reality.

There is nothing wring with comfort zones per se. We all like being cozy 

at times and there is an ebb and flow to life.

There is a time for pushing  ourselves and ‘being out there’ and there

is a time for rest.

If we trust  ourselves we start to sense when the time is right

for doing and when it is  right for resting.

Where the comfort zone becomes a problem is when we are

stuck in it,  when we don’t let ourselves move on with the natura

l flow of life. When we hold  ourselves back and hide in our comfort

zone we are effectively saying no to  life.

Recognise  where you are stuck

The first step to moving out of your comfort zone is realising that

you  are in one!

They can be so comfy and ‘normal’ that we don’t know where we are. 

Taking the time to sit down on a regular basis and assess how we are 

progressing in the various areas of our life is a great way to flag this up.

We  can then start to see how happy we are with each area and where

we are  dissatisfied.

Take the time to listen to your feelings.

A supportive friend or  coach can also be useful here.

For a long time I didn’t ‘guest post’. I wanted  to but I was scared of putting

myself “out there”.

Once I recognised the  feeling I could move past it

. Now I love guest posting. It doesn’t mean my fear  has gone completely,

but I now know many of my fears were unfounded and I can  see for myself

that there are so many benefits from guest posting. I get a real  buzz from it!

Identify ways  to move forward

When you know you are stuck in your comfort zone you have made a big  step.

Awareness is power. Now is the time to take action.

Once I had realised  my fear of guest posting, I started writing more posts

and emailing sites where  I wanted to be featured.

Take the time to work out what actions you now need to  take.

Fed up with being single?

You could join a dating site. Want to get fit?

  You could commit to an exercise plan and kick it off by going for

a short run.

  Find what is right for you and just do it!

Know your fear

Some fears are good and help us weigh up our choices in life, but a

lot  of our fear is unnecessary and counter productive.

We scare ourselves senseless  about things that haven’t even happened.

Stare your fears in the face and see  them for what they really are.

They are often related to feeling that we are  not good enough e.g.:

“they will never like my work”; “I am not attractive  enough” etc.

You are good enough! Watch out for your secret saboteur!

Do what scares  you

When you are coming up with ideas for actions you could take and you

  notice that something scares you it is a good sign! Write this idea down

and  notice

if you try to talk yourself out of it. Usually the scared feeling

is  accompanied with a feeling of exhilaration.

You are scared but the idea thrills  you at the same time.

There is gold here! Commit to that action.

Make it a  habit

Do something that scares you every day! The more we can make a

habit of  pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, the easier it becomes.

Talk to a  stranger at the bus stop!

Tell a joke at work when you normally wouldn’t! Send  off that guest post!

You will build  up confidence and resilience.

You will start to know yourself as someone who  takes risks and

challenges themselves.

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