Let’s be honest, living from our comfort zone feels nice. There is no need to be courageous there. No need to do scary things there. No need to do anything that makes us uncomfortable there, right. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, to grow we must find the courage to leave this place where all seems like a bed of roses. This place of wellness needs some disruption if we are to grow.
When I first started blogging two years ago, boy, was it out of my comfort zone! I didn’t see myself as a good writer. I was afraid that my writing would be excessively critiqued. I spent months hiding in my comfort zone. What caused me to leave my comfort zone was the knowledge that I had a God-given mission. I wanted to be obedient to his will.
A few days I shared a photo on my Instagram page about how Jesus knew that he came to the earth to do the will of his father and he walked in obedience to this. If your comfort zone is keeping you from walking according to God’s will for your life then it is time to ditch it for life in the uncomfortable zone.
I remember a webinar I watched by Micheal Hyatt months ago which talked about the ideal place to function as being the place of discomfort. He talks more about the idea in his article here.
It is easier said than done because self-preservation will always want to kick in. It is a natural instinct to protect ourselves from discomfort.
There is some consolation to be found in the place of discomfort because we are putting our trust in God. We are taking the steps to believe God when he says, all will work out for our good. Here are some suggestions for beating life in the comfort zone.
Set challenges for your self to get out of your comfort zone
There is nothing like a challenge to get you to do something that is uncomfortable. This blogging consistency challenge is for some a leap outside of their comfort zone but they decided to do it anyway. A few months ago I took part in a group coaching event in which we were all challenged to do something outside of our comfort zone.
My challenge was to make a video because I am very uncomfortable doing videos. But I was challenged and I knew I would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t do it. I knew I would regret it and so I did it. In the end, I was really happy that I did it. While I still don’t like it, I plan to do more in the near future.
Have an accountability partner or group
When we are isolated and alone, it is easy to give up on challenges outside of our comfort zones. Let someone know what you are doing and ask them to keep you accountable. In that same video challenge, I had an accountability partner. She checked on me several times to make sure I would be keeping my word and I did the same for her.
Just do it
Those famous words may be owned by Nike but they have so much meaning. We can talk a lot about what we should do but we won’t get any result until we actually take some action.
So, my friend, it is a new year. I know you are making resolutions and setting goals, but are they all inside of your comfort zone? Why not sneak a few from the uncomfortable zone in there? Remember, to grow we must take steps that are uncomfortable. I have a long list of uncomfortable steps that I need to take. Let’s make this year the one in which we live life in the uncomfortable zone.
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