26 August 2014
“Do one thing every day that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt
We’ve all heard of the “comfort zone” – it’s the place where we are content and where we are operating well within our own abilities without introducing challenges to test ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable, as sometimes that’s exactly where you need to be in order to enjoy day-to-day activities. If we were constantly out of our comfort zones, there would be too much adrenaline pumping around our bodies for us to be able to relax.
However, I think we sometimes get complacent and slip into the habit of never venturing anywhere near the edge of our comfort zones. I’m not saying you have to go bungee jumping every weekend, as for some people, simply agreeing to go out to more social occasions can push them out of their usual safe spot. But I think it’s important to recognise when we’re blocking experiences and opportunities out of our own lives just because it seems a little scary or takes some effort and self-discipline.
Personally, I’ve gotten into mountain biking more recently, and hurtling down a hill over rocks and bumps is distinctly uncomfortable at times, but it’s also exciting and enjoyable, and allows me to push the limits and discover what I’m really capable of.
When did you last leave your comfort zone and do something that challenged you personally? What will you do next?