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  • Writer's pictureMelissa

AskYourself These Questions, If You Want To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Back in July 2020, I was asked to speak in front of a small group of people about my writing. It happened because a friend of mine pushed me to do it. I just remember trembling the whole time because I was uncomfortable. That discomfort though, was only for a short moment, and a few minutes later, I was doing fine.

Right now, I don’t know if I’ll be adding public speaking to my resume or if that’s even in my future, but what I know is that if I don’t try it, I’ll never know if I can do it. I’ll never know if that can be one more outlet where I can reach out to help someone.

If you find yourself struggling or if you’re trying to figure out if you want to try something new, here are a few questions that you should be asking yourself:

1. What is it that you want to do but you’re so afraid to try?

Is the idea of staying where you are a lot more comfortable than doing the thing that is supposed to get you ahead in life? We all have a story as to why we can`t get ahead. Does this sound familiar? “I’m tired”, “I have to work”, “ I don’t have time”.... What are the thoughts that keep playing in your head as you struggle with being broke, or stuck at the same job, or still unhappy?

2. What is the easiest step that you can take right now to get to where you need to be ?

To get to the other side of where you are now, will require you to take some action that you’re uncomfortable with. That might mean picking up an extra job, to get out of debt, it may mean working on something that you’re passionate about so that you can make enough money to step away from your 9-5, it may mean distancing yourself from people that you’ve grown comfortable with, it may mean picking up a book to learn instead of watching another episode of your favorite TV series. Taking action and stepping into the unknown is scary, but what’s scarier is going ahead with the rest of your life and looking back on it and realizing that you were the one who kept yourself where you are because you didn’t like the idea of being temporarily uncomfortable!

What’s incredible is that since that time that I spoke in front of others in July, I hosted a live 2 day event to celebrate the launch of my book, I’ve gone on to do at least 1 live a week on my Facebook page, appeared on a number of podcasts and collaborated with some amazing authors from around the world.

So yes, that first time where I first spoke in front of a room of 30 people was scary. What’s scarier though is that if I wasn’t given that push, I would have missed out on an even greater opportunity.

And you can be missing out on opportunities as well! What opportunities are you missing out on by not stepping out of your comfort zone?

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