Stepping outside of your comfort zone is just that, uncomfortable. But…doesn’t it feel invigorating when you do it? When you climb that wall, speak in front of colleagues, nail that yoga pose, enroll in a college course, buy that new condo, take and post that selfie, get a profile done on Match.com.
The Wizard Of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies. I love watching each one of the characters step outside of their comfort zone and learn something new about themselves in the process.
When I’m about to do something that is completely outside my comfort zone my stomach turns, my palms start to get clammy and I actually get a bit lightheaded. I know I want to do this thing that terrifies me but my body is screaming, “don’t do it! I’ll keep you safe in this space of mediocrity” or “you’ve been comfortably numb on this cozy couch for so long, don’t step off the cliff now” but my gut is telling me this IS the right next step. There’s a trick I’ve learned that helps move me forward, helps me to step off the cliff. I don’t think to myself, “holy moly, I’m terrified, what am I doing?” Instead, I think, “wow, I’m excited, this IS invigorating and that is why I’m feeling this way!” and it changes my physical being completely! All of a sudden I remember how ready I am for this next step, AND how fabulous I’m going to feel AFTER I’ve done this thing that I’m now so excited to do.
I ground myself in the courage I have to push myself forward and think You’ve Always Had The Power My Dear, You Just Had To Learn It For Yourself. Thanks Glinda, you were always my favorite character.
If you’re brave enough to share some of your courageous stories, times when you’ve stepped outside of your comfort zone and rocked it, I’d love to hear them! Comment below and watch how, with sharing your story, you’ll encourage others to do the same.