Comfort zones are exactly that: the place where we feel comfortable, where everything is familiar and safe. The problem with comfort zones is that they don't foster growth and development. And without growth and development, how can we improve ourselves?
I started thinking about how comfortable I've made my life. I very rarely get nervous or anxious about anything! While that seems wonderful on the surface, I have to ask myself, "Am I really growing as a person?"
When I was younger, I used to get nervous about piano recitals, sleepovers at friends' houses, babysitting, cheerleading competitions, and a plethora of other activities. It's not that those things wouldn't make me nervous now (because they totally would!), but I don't put myself in situations very often anymore that would make me nervous. I feel like it's a bit of a shame, because after all of those activities, I'd be exhilarated and proud of myself for performing well or for handling uncomfortable situations.
Because I'm not continually putting myself in nerve-wracking situations right now, does it mean I've become complacent? I gave this question some thought, and then realized that there are more ways to grow than to just throw yourself into scary situations (although this has been my inclination in the past). Stepping outside your comfort zone can be something as small as doing new exercises in the gym or trying to actually match your gym clothes for the first time ever.
Or stepping outside your comfort zone can be something as big as going after your Pro card. Deciding to do Team Universe was scary. Announcing that I was doing the show was even scarier! I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to do well, and am focusing all my energy on doing what I need to do in order to bring my best physique possible to the stage in 10 weeks.
So while I'm not constantly putting myself into nerve-wracking situations, I AM preparing for my most nerve-wracking experience ever, when I step outside my comfort zone ... and into the limelight on stage.
What things are you doing to step outside YOUR comfort zone?