Breaking out of your comfort zone is HARD. But guess what? That’s where we make progress. If you want to be happy with your life, you need to be making progress. On something, anything really. In your work, relationships, physical health, mental health, education – it doesn’t matter where you start – but you need to be growing and advancing if you want to feel fulfillment each and every day. This requires courage, bravery, and steps (or leaps) outside your comfort zone. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it. Making progress, being brave in these three areas helps me get uncomfortable in different areas of my life so that I can become a better version of myself. I hope you can find some value in these tips as well!
Be brave in your relationship with others
Relationships are instrumental to well being. Be honest with yourself- is there a relationship you need to mend? A problem you need to address, or a new person you could introduce yourself to and spark a friendship? Making new friends can be really tough, but staying connected with old friends – and surrounding yourself with new and diverse groups of people will add a richness to your life that you can’t find elsewhere.
Be brave in your relationship with your body
Is it lacing up your shoes and going for your first run outside? Or maybe deciding to signing up for a new class that you think is TOO hard or a big race. Maybe it’s picking up a heavier set of dumbbells and committing to testing your physical limits. Maybe it is simply getting out of bed for a workout when you’d rather continue sleeping. SWITCH UP YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. I’m telling you, this has been a game changer for me. I’ve been loving taking my workouts outside – I jog for a little, do some squats, dips on a bench, mountain climbers, then jog a little more. Sprint and walk intervals, stair running – the opportunities are limitless!
Be brave in your relationship with yourself.
Get still. Dig deep. Ask questions. Feel the answers. This is something I have been intentional about bringing into my daily routine. I used to always listen to podcasts or music on my morning walks. Starting with something small – walking without distraction – has been huge for my self development lately. I’ve been able to get back in touch with myself, and really set my priorities for the day. Getting quiet is HARD. It’s SCARY. Because what emotions, memories, questions will come up? Set aside some time to just be. No distractions. This is an act of courage- connecting with yourself is something we have been conditioned NOT to do but it is something that we have the ability to return to. Our reasoning and inner dialogue is a gift from God. He has given us wisdom- to ask the hard questions and to hear the response within us. So, where will you start? What’s ONE thing you can do today to step outside your comfort zone? I’m ready to start getting comfortable with BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. It’s where all the magic happens!! 🙂