Let’s face it. The only way we will be able to progress in life is to start moving forward now. Will it be uncomfortable? Yes. Will it be difficult? Absolutely. However, it is so necessary. All of us have a limited time on Earth, and I believe one of the biggest regrets would be lying on our deathbed wishing we would have done things differently.
One way to begin the process of getting out of your comfort zone is to acknowledge the new opportunities you will be subjected to after pushing yourself to grow. Those prospective opportunities can act as incentives. Some examples would be career shifts, promotions, and the much-needed exposure that you may desire. All of these can place you in a better financial situation. After I forced myself to complete tasks despite my fears, new doors began to open for me.
Another great recommendation is to research effective techniques that can help you to excel at living more freely. There are various resources to choose from ranging from articles, books, YouTube videos, and more. Each of these tools can give insight into what works for others and what their coping mechanisms are. A technique I often use to push myself is self-coaching.
Lastly, if you are still struggling with getting out of your comfort zone after using different approaches, therapy may be in your best interest. A licensed mental health professional can rule out underlying conditions that may be hindering you from becoming the best version of yourself. We all experience anxiety from time to time, but if it prevents you from completing day-to-day activities and advancing in the world, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Do not be ashamed to reach out for support. It is available, and talking with someone about your issues can make a huge difference. Trained mental health professionals use various techniques such as group sessions and cognitive behavioral therapy that can alter the way you view situations that you find intimidating.
I, like many others, used to become offended when someone coached me to come out of my shell and to loosen up. My interpretation of those statements was the result of fear. I didn’t know how to do those things. Once I realized that other people could see gifts inside of me that I turned a blind eye to, my entire perspective changed. Our potential can be left harboring inside of us due to the fear of being uncomfortable. We cannot continue to hinder ourselves from future opportunities. It’s time to face our challenges and give life our all. Here’s to breaking all of the rules that keep us confined, and here’s to no longer dimming our light that could otherwise shine so brightly.