Getting out of our comfort zone can be a very scary thing. Outside of our comfort zone is the unknown. Outside of our comfort zone is uncharted territory (for us anyway).
The trouble is, when we choose to stay in our comfort zone we are missing out on many opportunities.
Opportunities to grow.
Opportunities to be stretched.
Opportunities to make a difference in other people’s lives.
2 ways to get out of our comfort zone
1. We need to get over our “buts”.
There are always going to be a “buts” when we are deciding to get out of our comfort zone.
“But it is going to be scary.”
“But I have never done this before.”
“But I could fail.”
But, but, but …
We can’t allow our “buts” to stop us. We need to recognize that our “buts” are not the last word.
2. We need to get over our naysayers.
Just as there is always going to be a long list of “buts” there is almost always going to be naysayers as well. When you choose to get out of your comfort zone it is going to make other people feel uncomfortable. And because they feel uncomfortable they will make sure they give you all the reasons you shouldn’t do it.
They will say things like:
You aren’t qualified to do this.
What you are trying to do can’t be done.
Nobody has ever tried this before.
We can’t allow the naysayers to stop us. We need to ignore them and continue to move forward.
What have been some of your “buts” or what have the naysayers said to you when you have tried to get out of your comfort zone?
RECOMMENDED READING: If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg