It seems obvious to point out but we don’t often get out of our comfort zone because it’s rather, well, comfortable and safe; it yields a general feeling of knowing what to expect and well-being in a world where crazy things are happening all the time. So why would you want to leave the comfy place?!
Let’s start with you’re not happy with your job/body/family/relationship/boss/coworkers/friends, and/or the other things that you are always complaining about, but never doing anything about because it’s not comfortable, and you don’t know the outcome, and you’re plain scared BUT you really need something to change.
That is so normal! We’re wired that way, our brains work that way, and as part of our evolution it was necessary. Now though, it can be a real hindrance in this very different world. Think about it: back when we were hunter-gatherers it would be life-threatening to leave the tribe, do something outside of what was expected of you. Everybody had roles that needed to be fulfilled for the tribe to thrive, and there were also no laws if that ticked off the wrong tribe member either. Even a few hundred years ago if you stepped out of that zone, decided you didn’t want to take on the role that your father and your father’s father and your father’s father’s father had done it likely would have meant your being disowned or being shunned by your community. But not always, I mean we wouldn’t be here if some had failed to take the risk of coming to America. Surely a great risk when often people did not even survive the trip across the Atlantic. As we’ve evolved as a species the opportunity to step out of our comfort zone is more and more viable, and now, not only is it an option, it’s necessary!
If you don’t step out of your comfort zone you will not get that dream job, you will not improve your relationship with your (fill in the blank), you will not get fit and healthy, you will not get rich, nor enlightened, or whatever it is you dream of. There is nothing comfortable about risking your reliable job to go out on your own. There is nothing safe feeling about telling your partner that you have a dream of hitchhiking across the continent/becoming a burlesque dancer/that you want to adopt 14 kids/(fill in the blank with your wildest desire), and there is nothing easy feeling about following those dreams. If it was that easy everyone would have it, you would have it, and it wouldn’t be a “dream” but your reality.
It’s pretty foreign realizing that if you lose weight, get fit, and feel fantastic every day you’ll not recognize yourself not only in the mirror, but in the way you live; your life and lifestyle will change. That you’ll have to be responsible for your health, and that you’ll want to be responsible for your health! That is scary, but it is so darn good to live in a way that is true to yourself, your heart (physically, but more metaphorically speaking here), and your vehicle (your body). Stepping out of your comfort zone allows you to have all the things you dream of, because you had the courage to go get them!
A few keys tips are to take small steps first. If you get overwhelmed when you look at the big picture you may lose belief in yourself and go back to square one. So start by building confidence with manageable steps. Believe in yourself: if you can’t believe it, you will never get to where you want to go. Start with a goal that you believe you can achieve. Make time everyday: if you don’t prioritize your goal it will never come to fruition. Making this time however will help you gain ground, and you’ll acquire more and more belief in how greatly you can achieve!
Often times, that task seems impossible. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to create your awesomeness, how to take the first step in getting the health and fitness (and energy!) you’ll need to go for the rest of those dreams consider booking a free consultation with CREATE Fitness to show you how we can work with you to get on your path to even greater awesomeness.
So what does naked bike riding have to do with it? Well I made record of it, I rode 84km through the Namib Desert in little more than shoes, shades, and a fanny pack with a few emergency supplies (if you’re English-speaking from anywhere outside North America you can stop laughing at our terminology now!). And I’ll be darned if it didn’t take me full tilt out of my comfort zone to rip off my shorts and decide that I was going to ride like that all day through the desert on a foreign continent. Let’s face it, I had no idea what the punishment might be if I was seen by authorities, among other more obvious factors such as vulnerability to mockery, the desert sun, and other potential injury. But hey, I get to say I pioneered long-distance nude cycling, had a very unique and liberating experience, and did it in honour of an incredible friend who was herself a professional “vacater of comfort zones” in order to improve herself and embrace life (and of course, she was the one who came up with the wild idea for me to ride all day in the buff!).
In memory of Holly Beetham, cyclist extraordinaire, PR perfectionist, lover of all the planet’s creatures, and embracer of all life’s opportunities.
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