You’ve heard all the cliche’s about getting out of your comfort zone. As cheesy as they can seem, sometimes taking them to heart is just what we need to hear to push ourselves closer to who we want (or are meant) to be. Here are a few of my faves right now…
“Old ways won’t open new doors.” – Unknown
“If it doesn’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough.” – Tory Burch
“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” – Max Depree
I have to admit, I’ve been pretty good about staying in my comfort zone for the past few years. But I’ve been trying to challenge myself lately in a few different ways, and it’s actually been a lot of fun. So I wanted to share some Monday motivation with you in case you’re feeling like you’re stuck in your safe zone, but have a feeling that there is something more out there for you.
I have 5 easy things you can do RIGHT NOW to step outside of your comfort zone.
But first, fashion….I have to share this outfit with you which is DEFINITELY out of my comfort zone!
I NEVER, EVER wear shorts! Like ever! I have always been super insecure about my legs. Even when I was a professional dancer or competing in fitness competitions, I never wore shorts. But somehow, even though I’m post-partum and not in the best shape, I found the courage to just get over it and wear these trending bermuda denim shorts. And it was almost freeing in a way – and felt good to just own how I look right now and have fun with a trend I was dying to try. So…getting out of your comfort zone even with fashion can be a super freeing & fun way to push your own limits. So I hope this post not only motivates you to chase whatever dreams have been on your heart, but also to maybe try a fashion trend you’ve always wanted to try, but didn’t have the guts to.
Here are 5 ways to get out of your comfort zone!
1 // Talk to Strangers
I used to be so shy growing up – and now that I’m a mom and most of my days are spent talking to a toddler and a baby…no adult interaction is pretty normal in my life. So I appreciate the random convo with an adult at Target or talking to the gal in the Starbucks drive thru. Talking to strangers gets you more comfortable outside of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be a long convo, but getting comfortable talking to a stranger here & there can be beneficial. You never know who you’ll come across and what you might learn from them.
2 // Let Yourself Be Bad at Something New
I can really relate to this one. It’s scary to not know what you’re doing. It’s the unknown that causes fear. It can be embarrassing to look like a failure or be perceived like you don’t know what you’re doing, but everyone has to start somewhere! And failure is often where we learn & grow the most. But it’s not fun, but necessary in order to get where you want to go. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll actually get good at whatever you were once “bad” at.
After having London, it had literally been YEARS since I worked out consistently. I honestly lost myself a bit when having my first, Avalon…and then after Lo arrived, I felt the need to really take time to focus on my health. So I started working out – but it was HARD! I was so self conscious – I was post-partum from a second c-section, weak, and my body no longer moved like I was used to. I started Lagree and Rush Cycle classes – both were hard AF. I was not good at either! I’m still not “good” – but I’m a lot better than when I started! It was so hard to let myself be bad at both of these things – it’s kinda embarrassing actually. But at the same time, everyone has to start (or re-start) somewhere….so I just embraced my current situation and kept going even when I didn’t want to. And now I feel like it’s something I really look forward to and it’s just my routine. I feel stronger every week! But it probably took a good 6 – 8 weeks to feel like I somewhat got the hang of things.
3 // Don’t think, do
I hear little motivational mantra’s weekly in my Rush Cycle classes and they make a BIG difference in how I feel after class. They stay with me throughout the day and are so applicable to so much more than just my workout. One of my fave instructor’s (looking at you Heather) always has a way of saying, “don’t think about it, just do it.” It’s often towards the middle or end of class when you do not want to get out of that saddle because you’re tired & your legs have been burned out already, but then she says – “okay, out of the saddle, don’t think about it, just do it.” I don’t think about how hard it is going to be, but I just stand up and put one foot in front of the other and go for it as best I can.
I know I OFTEN overthink things, so much so that it keeps me from doing ANYTHING! Can you relate? Sometimes we think we need to have everything planned out and be perfect at the outcome before we even start – and if that’s the case, you’ll never start. So sometimes you just need to start, go for it and not think too much about it.
4 // Add a little change to your daily routine
Baby steps can be powerful when they are on repeat! Making a little change to your daily routine can actually have a big impact over time. Tiny changes are easier to make than really grand ones…and before you know it, you’re ready to add another little change…and another. So start with a small change and see where it takes you.
5 // Write down your “Why”
Your reason WHY is the whole basis for starting something new, the reason you’re chasing after your dreams & this reason should be at the heart of what you do to get out of your comfort zone. No wishful thinking here, know WHY you want to achieve a certain goal and it will set purpose behind your goal – which makes it more powerful.
So I want to hear from you, why do you want to get out of your comfort zone? And I hope these little reminders help you to attain whatever goal you’re chasing right now!
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