Why do people stay in their “comfort zone?”
Most people stay in their “comfort zone” because it is the easy thing to do! I get it. We get stuck in the rut of everyday life. I am not saying that your life is not a beautiful everyday rut. But, we all do it. Comfortable is nice. It’s cozy! It’s the opposite of scary. Which, most of us hate! Staying in your “comfort zone” will not help you grow as a person! Read that twice!
I was recently asked by a coaching coach, or something similar, are you okay with getting outside of your “comfort zone”?
I bet you are wondering what I said!
I said, “I am not the stay in your “comfort zone” kinda’ gal.”
For example, I moved from South Carolina to Alaska with my husband, two dogs, a small trailer full of stuff, and the belief in myself. I knew we would be fine! I am an educated, hard-working, independent woman who is capable of doing great things. It was one of the scariest, but best, decisions we ever made. I have grown so much. I have learned so much about other cultures and have seen most of the United States and Canada via road-trip.
I read somewhere, more people are afraid of public speaking than are afraid of dying. I love speaking in public. Are you kidding me? Just picture them naked!
It is a very valuable skill that is in high demand. Yes, the first couple of times I spoke in front of a crowd, I was nervous. But, working as a teacher and educator, it became normal! It became less scary!
The reason I am ranting about public speaking is, I could have stayed in my comfort zone. I could have gotten out of public speaking most of the times I have spoke. Except for the dreaded public speaking class. I definitely could not have gotten out of that one! However, I pushed myself. I wanted to get better. Now, I can use this skill to provide for my family and inspire others.
So, long story short, get out of your “comfort zone!” Try something new this year! Eat something new every Sunday. That’s what we do, as a family. Live a little!
P.S. Picture is from Homer, Alaska!