This is a tough one for many people, myself included, which is why I decided to tackle it myself. One of my goals for 2019 was to get out of my comfort zone more. Like many, I rather like my comfort zone, but I’m reaching a point where I just need some changes in my life, and the best way to do that is by trying something new. So I’ve decided to do several challenges, per say, to help get myself out of my comfort zone, and I challenge you to do the same thing.
The other night, my friend and I went out to this bar together, and this is no ordinary bar, it also features two dance floors, and they play country music, and it’s a lot of fun to head out and line dance. Now, for some, line dancing would be escaping their comfort zone, but for me, that’s just a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, so that wasn’t the challenge to myself. The challenge to myself was to approach a guy I thought was cute, and try talking to him. I’ve spoken to guys there before, but usually they approach me, or in the case of one guy, we literally collided on the dance floor (he says it was his fault, pretty sure it was mine, either way, it was a nice little conversation and makes for a great story later). So I decided that I would talk to this guy. I mean, after all, how hard is saying hi to someone you think is cute? It shouldn’t be that difficult, and so I gave it a shot. It took me a bit to work up the nerve to do that, but I did, and while it didn’t really last a long time, I still felt very proud of myself, and I plan on doing it again.
Same thing with other little things that I have on my to-do list that are going to push me outside of my comfort zone. For example, I’ve eaten dinner by myself plenty of times, but I’ve never sat down at a restaurant by myself. Not even at a fast food place, I always get it to go and eat it outside at a table or at my office. So that’s something I am going to challenge myself to do, to go sit at a restaurant by myself, and eat a meal, all on my own. It’ll be quite the push outside of my comfort zone, and I’m excited, but nervous to do it. Same with seeing a movie. I want to challenge myself to go see a movie by myself as well. To some, this isn’t a big deal, but to me, it’s something I’ve never done before.
So with that said, I challenge you to find something that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone, and go do it. It can be seeing a movie by yourself, it can be going to a theme park alone, it can be whatever is outside of your comfort zone. Even if it doesn’t go as well as planned, you can be proud of yourself and pleased with the fact that you followed through on what you said you’d do. So go out there, and break out of that comfort zone.