Living in your comfort zone is, well, comfortable. It doesn’t sound like it should be a bad thing at all, however, you truly cannot get a taste of life without stepping out of it. Staying stuck inside your comfort zone can feel stagnant and imprisoning. On one hand, being comfortable makes life easy. On the other hand change provides opportunities to grow as a human being. Unfortunately, you have to sacrifice comfort in order to change.
Change can be scary and change can be beautiful. Change is about taking risks. In this day and age people strive to live comfortably. I hear a lot of people say “find a job you hate the least,” because jobs are jobs. “Nobody really loves their job but you have to get one anyway.” Yuck. Why trade your precious time for money when you aren’t enjoying what you do? The fear of being uncomfortable stops many people from living their best life.
The best way to grow is to do exactly what you are afraid to do.
Two years ago, I dropped out of college. College was never really something I wanted to do, but I pushed myself into it anyway. Dropping out was severely uncomfortable for me. I felt like a failure when I had to explain that I withdrew just after my first semester. Little did I know, I made the best decision I possibly could. I spent a year and a half learning to love myself and how to find myself. I struggled, but I grew.
In July of 2016, I decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training program. This made me super uncomfortable! I went in with limited knowledge on yoga and no familiar faces at the school. I struggled at first, but grew even more than I knew was possible. I think every yogi/yogini says this, but yoga teacher training changed my life. It changed the way I think, the way I breathe, and the way I act. It changed my mindset as a whole. I NEVER imagined myself becoming a teacher. I didn’t think I had the confidence or courage. Yet, here I am, doing what I love – all because I decided to step out of my comfort zone.
If you’re reading this, I encourage you to do something that scares you at least once a week (maybe once a day, if you're a brave soul). You don’t have to rob a bank or jump out of an airplane. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be as simple as going to lunch alone or hanging out with a new friend. This month I got a new job, accepted another teaching position, made new friends, and adventured my heart out. Things in life are finally falling into place since I kicked myself out of my comfort zone.