If you were like me and you did enough of these 30 Day Challenges, there’s one truth you would learn. You’d see it over and over and over. And you’d come to expect it, think about it. But then, if you’re anything like me, you’d also fight it every time.
You have to step outside of our comfort zone if you want to see major change. You just have to.
And I know this with truth with every inch of who I am. But it’s the hardest thing I face each month. Why? Because I love my comfort zone. I really do. It’s cozy, and it’s as broken in as my cowboy boots. And it fits who I am perfectly.
But that’s the problem.
My comfort zone fits who I am right now. But my comfort zone does not fit the person I want to be. And it’s certainly not big enough to fit the goals that I’ve set for myself. I know that I will need something newer, bigger, shinier than the comfort zone I’m in right now. And I know that I’m moving toward better things, but I cling to my comfort zone like a child and her blanket. Sometimes I even stomp my foot.
Here’s the perfect example. When I wrote out my plan for the month, my editorial calendar of posts that I knew would be helpful for you and important for me to share, this was one of those posts. And then, I promised myself that I would illustrate to you that you should step out of your comfort zone by doing something I wouldn’t usually. I planned that I would make this post into a video.
You see, I’m good at this blogging thing. I love the writing, the photography, the design, all of that. But the video scares me. When I press record on my camera I instantly feel venerable and exposed. I’m scared and uncomfortable. All month long, I kept putting this post off and putting off recording a video. But I couldn’t ignore it completely because it’s such an important message.
And here I am in the last week of January, knowing I have to either sink or swim with my Comfort Zone post. And you can see that I didn’t push myself hard enough to have a video for you.
I feel like I let us both down. And so I think we should break out of our comfort zones together. Here’s my promise: I’m going to post at least one video for each of my 30 Day Challenges for the rest of the year. I’m going to shatter this comfort zone and stretch hard for the next one. I’m going to grow.
And now it’s your turn. How will you get out of your comfort zone and push yourself toward real change?