There is something so satisfying about stepping out of your own comfort zone. Of course you’ve felt it, there’s no need for me to convert the converted. That moment of fear when your breath catches in your throat, the relief when you decide you’re not going to take the step after all, and then the split second after, when for no apparent reason you take the plunge anyway. Afterwards the total satisfaction combined with small measures of disbelief that you actually did it, whatever that ‘it’ is.
In time our tolerance to risk changes and we keep stepping out of our comfort zone into the wide blue yonder, enjoying the satisfaction again and again and finding that our ‘zone’ gets wider. Tony Robbins speaks of taking a daily plunge into ice cold water and when he’s away from his plunge pool using the shower for the same effect. This is to strengthen the part of the brain that pushes us to do things that we may not enjoy and therefore to be courageous in the face of adversity. So daily he practices pushing himself to move outside of his comfort zone in this physical and psychological sense.
Today I want to send you a simple message; step out of your comfort zone and own it. Do one thing that you don’t feel like doing. Make that call, smile or say good morning to someone when usually you are too busy, find that thing that you’re simply avoiding and do it. When you’ve done it feel free to flick me a message about it. Be proud of stepping out and celebrate a little.
I stepped way out of my comfort zone when I sent an email requesting people to join my email list so that I could send them fortnightly updates. It was satisfying to get each response back saying yes. That email wasn’t perfect, it had some errors and I learned some lessons but I know it’s better to do something than nothing at all, and if life has taught me anything, it’s that people will forgive you your mistakes and admire your efforts… at least that’s what I tell myself daily to get over the line.