I just counted, and I’ve moved over a dozen times since I was old enough to remember (and I’m about to move again but to Arizona this time!)
I know some people who dread moving.
For me, I will say that I wasn’t necessarily a fan of it the first couple times when I was a kid, but I did get used to it.
Now, change is something that I crave in my life – not necessarily moving, but just change.
I share this because I want to show you how something that might typically be labeled as ‘uncomfortable’ can become something you get comfortable with over time, even something you look forward to!
Because let’s face the facts: change is inevitable.
But… it’s also necessary!
You may have heard the saying before that ‘there is no growth in your comfort zone’.
In order to grow, you’ve got to change something, which means doing something different than what you’re doing now (where you’re comfortable).
So how do you do this? How do you take on things that you know will improve your life or your business or your relationships when they’re just so dang uncomfortable?
Well, pushing outside of your comfort zone is a skill, it’s something you can improve with practice.
That’s all you have to do!
Here’s an example:
Let’s say that to grow your business, you have to get better at being conversational, but right now you are the furthest thing from that – it’s completely outside of your comfort zone.
You currently initiate zero conversations with people throughout the day, you don’t smile, you don’t wave, you don’t make eye contact, and maybe you even walk around with headphones in all day specifically to avoid conversation.
How would you push outside your comfort zone?
Start small, and just practice.
Say to yourself, “Today, I’m going to practice getting outside my comfort zone. No pressure, just practice. I’ll start by taking out my headphones.”
Then, once you get comfortable (wink) with walking around without headphones (that could be within a few minutes, it could be a few days, or more) then practice pushing outside your comfort zone a little more.
Maybe now you just practice making eye contact with people.
Again, no pressure, just practice.
Do you see how over time you can slowly but surely push outside of your comfort zone?
It doesn’t have to happen all at once, it’s something you can do gradually over time in small increments.
As a matter of fact, doing it repeatedly and gradually over time will help to make the act of intentionally pushing outside your comfort zone a habit.
And that’s what you want!
If you are consistently pushing outside of your comfort zone, you can only grow.
And who knows, maybe one day (just like me with moving), you’ll get comfortable with being uncomfortable!