Comfort is highly overrated.
I am an instigator. Much of the work I am doing these days involves offering people an invitation to step out of their comfort zone. Through writing, the retreats I lead and especially with my coaching clients, I love giving people permission to consider what might be on the other side of their fear.
Fear, doubts, questions and nervousness is a normal part of the landscape in the territory that exists between our comfort zone and our calling. Living fully alive requires stepping into the things that both tantalize and terrify us. It has taken me 50+ years to understand that being scared while taking the next step doesn’t mean I am doing something WRONG, it means I am doing something BIG.Being scared doesn't mean I'm doing something wrong, it means I am doing something BIG. Click To Tweet
Often what we see as confidence in someone else is actually courage. We watch people doing something adventurous or risky, and we assume they are imbued with a sense of confidence we lack. Yet the more I talk to people who are living outside of their comfort zone and trying new things, the more I discover they are just as scared as I am. The characteristic that sets them apart is courage: they choose to say YES, despite their fear.
What fears lie in the space just outside your comfort zone? What encourages you and supports you when you bravely say yes? Tell us about a time you stepped out of your comfort zone and what happened as a result. Was it ultimately a good decision? Why or why not?
Linking up again today with my Five Minute Friday friends. Today we are talking about the word COMFORT.