You’ve heard it before — *you can’t grow unless you step outside your comfort zone.* But what exactly is your *comfort zone* ++ why does growth happen outside of it? We define your comfort zone as a place of safety + stability. A comfort zone is filled with a routine that doesn’t stray from the norm + doesn’t require extra effort or attention. While that may seem nice + easy — it doesn’t challenge you to become your best self. It doesn’t challenge you to shine your light.
One of my favorite quotes reads — Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
This quote perfectly explains the importance of stepping outside our comfort zone to reach your full potential. Your light is powerful — it will only be dimmed by the walls you build around it. Here are 6 reasons to leave that *comfort zone* behind!
#1] TO LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF
It’s unlikely you know everything about your abilities, talents, strengths + weaknesses if you’ve never tried something hard. You can’t redefine success or stereotypes if you don’t go against the grain every once in awhile. Your comfort zone is full of things that are *easy* — maybe you’re in a major right now that allows you to coast through your classes. Are you truly curious about the material? Are you nervous to switch? By trying something new//scary//challenging you’ll allow yourself to grow in ways you haven’t previously. You’ll allow yourself to unlock a new piece of yourself — one that you may love.
#2] TO RECOVER FROM PRESSURE
To think that college is going to be exactly like the real world is probably naive. Honestly, most of us don’t know what post-grad life will be like because we aren’t there yet ++ if you are there you have probably experienced some changes you didn’t expect. By routinely getting uncomfortable, you are preparing yourself for the unknown. There’s always going to be pressure but becoming more adaptable + flexible will allow you to recover + learn from it.
#3] TO SILENCE THE FEAR
If you’ve played a sport in your life — then you know that feeling when you convince yourself that you’re going to *strike out* before you even get to the plate or step onto the court. That fear of failure, of humiliation, of loneliness, of rejection can keep you from trying at all. By stepping outside your comfort zone you can silence the fear + reach new heights. When I decided to run my first marathon I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to complete it I almost didn’t sign up. But I put in the work + the miles ++ finished — surprising myself along the way. You are capable of so much — silence that fear + go for it!
#4] TO BUILD BRIDGES
Comfort zones have walls around them — you can only get so far inside of them. By leaving your comfort zone, you can build bridges to reach new areas of uncharted territory. Whether these bridges lead to expanding your faith//changing up your workouts//taking on a new career//starting a new relationship — you will get much farther if you build a bridge as opposed to a wall ; )
#5] TO INSPIRE OTHERS
How many times have you seen another CHAARG girl crush a #FitGoal + been inspired to do the same? What about when a girl shares her failure, but she’s so proud she gave it her all because it helped her learn gain a new perspective? Stepping outside of your comfort zone isn’t just about you — it’s about the ability you have to affect the people around you. When you get uncomfortable + challenge yourself you inspire those around us to do the same. Collectively, you become a better — more open-minded, more multi-dimensional, + more compassionate — person. That’s pretty powerful.
#6] TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
As women, we tend to sell ourselves short. We settle because the challenge is daunting + the future is uncertain. But the CHAARG community is all about changing for the better + breaking those barriers on a journey to your healthiest ++ happiest self! Whatever fear you have — ignore it! If you’re scared of being alone — go to lunch by yourself. If you hate your job — choose a new path. You are strong. You are courageous. You can do hard things.
The future is yours to do with it what you want — but a life of comfort won’t get you far. Get uncomfortable + learn to recover from pressure. Choose bridges over walls + learn about your strengths + weaknesses + inspire others along the way. We can’t wait to see how far you go ; )
++Alyssa[@thebusybee_] // VirtCHAARG Pittsburgh