For some reason, I always imagined that stepping out for your comfort zone was something that ended as you entered adulthood. All children are pushed to do things that challenge them: to introduce themselves to new friends, to present an assignment to the class, to be brave at the dentist. But then adulthood happens and your life revolves around what is comfortable and familiar. You find the things that you love and are good at, and you live your adult life in your comfort zone, right?
However, I have matured and grown since those days – in life, marriage, parenthood, and in my real estate career. To truly thrive and grow as an adult also requires a willingness to step outside of one’s comfort zone. I have always loved people, but Jeff would tell you I am not a very confident, assertive person. Over the years as a real estate agent for RE/MAX, we both would say I have learned confidence when working with clients in my line of work. When it comes to negotiating with other buyers/sellers, marketing, videography, photography, and other aspects of succeeding in real estate, I am constantly learning and pushing myself to try something new. Most of these lessons require me to step out of my comfort zone, and this is never easy for me, no matter how many times I practice.
Recently, I started a big marketing project to develop a video of my work with clients. I am loving the final result, and can’t wait to show it to all of you! However, I can tell you that I haven’t been pushed that hard out of my comfort zone in a long time. I do not enjoy being on camera, the center of attention, or interviewed. You probably would never be able to tell that, based on my photos and my newest video, but it’s true! With each new day of filming though, I gained more confidence. It’s a big step for my career, and I am so thankful I pushed myself.
It is hard to step outside of your comfort zone, but the growth that comes with it is immeasurably worth it, trust me! You don’t have to study the concept of pushing the limits of your comfort zone much to see the benefits.
- It feeds your creativity.
- It pushes you to perform at your peak.
- It enables you to deal with change in a healthy way.
- It increases your productivity.
- It teaches you about yourself.
- It grows you.
Ultimately, whether you have opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone in the workplace, in a hobby, or in your personal life – go for it! I have never regretted the choice to do something uncomfortable for the sake of growth. As it has been said, nothing that comes easily is worth having. And from my experience, I can wholeheartedly agree. You never know what doors you may unlock along the way. Have a great week, friends!