Friday Five : Five reasons to step out of your comfort zone

Its Friday ! Where did the week go ? !

I am hooking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for Friday Five, where the theme of the week is five reasons to ….

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What an inspiring theme. I had lots of ideas…live in a city, come to France, be a positive role model, see the glass half full, treat every single person you meet with respect, but finally decided upon reasons to step out of your comfort zone.

I think it is easy to get into a routine, be comfortable, not take any risks. It can also become quite boring. The same thing day in and day out, predictability, knowing what your day will be like…. its a shame when there are so many wonderful things in the world to discover, uncover, do, try. There are so many opportunities at work, with volunteering, in family situations, in our fitness routine, in the way we dress, in how we decorate our home.

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Here are the reasons that I like stepping out of my comfort zone, even if its not easy !

1. You will discover something new :  As I have mentioned in the past, I used to hate going to the pool. My husband is a big scuba diver and for years encouraged me to go to aqua gym. For years I found an excuse : I hate being wet, its too cold, the timing is not right…  Then one day I said why not. I am finishing my second year of aqua gym and now not only love that class but also swimming laps. It works my body differently than my usually routine and I am sure my body is loving me for it.

 

2. You will meet new people : French people are very private and its not very easy to meet friends. People rarely spontaneously pop over or invite you, unless they know you well. I didn’t know many parents in my children’s school but as my children met friends, I started inviting the parents over for dinner. I quickly discovered we had a lot in common. Its that first step which is the hardest.

 

3. You will learn something : for many years I was an active member of Toastmasters, an association which helps develop communication and leadership skills. I need to speak in public for my job and my skills really needed work. So I signed up with Paris Toastmasters. Public speaking is hard but it was done in an environnement that encouraged learning and positive reinforcement. I was a very active member for 7 years and eventually became President of the Paris group. I learned many skills that I use every single day in my job. If I hadn’t placed that initial phone call to get information, and dared go to a meeting as a “guest”, I am sure I would not be where I am professionally.

 

4. It boosts your self confidence. Doing something that you are initially afraid of, but you finally succeed, has such a positive impact on the moral. We are much stronger than we think

 

5. You never know what it might lead to. I loved my first job. I loved the company, the people, it was pretty close to my home, I got to travel. I didn’t want to leave that job. Then I got a call from a headhunter. I was not interested in changing jobs. He insisted that we at least meet. Well I ended up leaving my job, joining a new company in which I eventually invested my own money, and eventually sold it. It gave me the capital to invest for financial security and retirement. If I hadn’t forced myself to go to that interview, and step out of my comfort zone, I would not be professionally where I am today.

 

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Try it ! you will never know who you will what, what you will experience  or what you will discover. Life is too short, take advantage of it!

 

Do you find it easy to step out of your comfort zone ? How have you benefitted from doing it ?

Comments: 9

  1. It’s so hard for me to step out of my comfort zone but I’m always glad when I do!

    • Karen - French Inspiration May 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

      Me too, but you are right, it is very hard. But by practicing, I found, like anything, it has gotten easier.

  2. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run, DC May 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply

    excellent reasoning! you are right that the first step is always the hardest!

    • Karen - French Inspiration May 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

      …ah yes, but SOOO worth it !

  3. Mar @ Mar on the Run! May 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply

    oh yes, so very true – all of this!! GREAT post.

  4. Britt@MyOwnBalance May 17, 2014 at 2:06 am Reply

    I have a very difficult time stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’m shy and a little introverted so it is really hard for me to get outside my comfort zone. Although, I have to say, working as a litigator and having to speak in court and think on my feet was waaaaaay outside my comfort zone so I guess that was good for me!

    • Karen - French Inspiration May 17, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

      I believe that pushing those limits makes us better people and I am sure it has helped with your job. I love speaking in public but need to be prepared. I am not good at thinking on my feet…

  5. Amanda H May 17, 2014 at 5:01 am Reply

    Yes love this and totally agree! This year is all about personal growth for me so I’ve been doing my best to try new things and challenge myself. Not something I like doing naturally, but so worth it!

    • Karen - French Inspiration May 17, 2014 at 7:08 am Reply

      Its usually the first step which is the hardest.

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