You will never get to where you want to go by staying in the same place. A look at growing outside of your comfort zone and how you can do the things you’ve always wanted to.
Publishing this blog was probably one of the scariest things I’ve done in all four years of college. And it’s not to say I didn’t do things that scared me- I went through sorority recruitment, I ran for my sorority’s executive council, I studied abroad- all of those things were new and scary, but this was something that really took me out of my comfort zone and required growing out of my comfort zone.
The night I suddenly had an idea that I might want to start a blog, I literally stayed up until 5 am writing down ideas because I had so many going through my head. After falling asleep for two hours and upon waking back up, however, I immediately started to second guess myself and wondered if last night’s ideas only seemed good because they were just dreams out of delirium and exhaustion…
In my heart, starting a blog was something I really did want to do and I felt like God was really calling me to do it. Yet I couldn’t stop thinking, “What are other people going to think?”, “What if my friends think I’m weird for doing this?,” “What makes me think I can do this? Or that people would even want to read it?” I also had deleted my Instagram account freshman year of college, so I knew that trying to start a blog with literally 0 following was going to be even harder.
I was nervous of putting myself out there, but the biggest thing holding me back was my own thoughts. There was no physical or financial barrier from stopping me- it was literally myself! And honestly, what a disservice it is to yourself to be the thing keeping you from something that could be amazing for you.
At the end of the day, I just asked myself, does it really matter what anyone else thinks? It’s a way for me to get closer to God and to put my energy into writing something meaningful to me, and it’s even better if in addition someone else can relate to it or get something out of it.
I realized it doesn’t matter what the girl who intimidates me thinks, or what people I knew in high school think, or what my friends think… true friends will be supportive regardless and ultimately, it matters to me what God thinks.
So I just took a deep breath, and prayed about it, and did it one step at a time. And I’m so glad I did.
In the month that I’ve had this blog, I feel like I have grown so much. I have grown as a person, I have grown in my relationship with God, and I have definitely grown in my navigating-starting-a-website-from-scratch skills. If I had listened to the negative thoughts in my head and stayed where I was comfortable, I would not be writing this right now and would not have 200!! instagram followers (hey-yoooo lol). It might take some courage, but it can be so rewarding when you realize that the voices in your head that were trying to hold you back are just voices…
It is so, so easy to not do something. To have an idea or a wish, and to be so close to taking a step towards making it happen and then just letting it die because we listen to those thoughts in our head and talk ourselves out of it. And honestly, if we don’t follow those ideas we have, someone else will.
Time doesn’t slow down for anyone and we only get one life to live, so how you live it is really up to you.
Is there something you want to do? Something that seems too big or too unrealistic, but you can’t stop thinking about? Maybe it’s just finally trying a new workout class you’ve been telling yourself you would or maybe it’s applying to a different job or new position- what’s stopping you? If you can do it just to see what happens, do you really have that much to lose? Even if it doesn’t go well or it doesn’t work out, at least you tried. And you won’t live the rest of your life wondering, “what if?”
They say fortune favors the bold, so if there’s something that you want to do that’s outside your comfort zone, DO IT.
It takes one step to start growing out of your comfort zone.
You never know what rewards can come from it if you don’t try and every day that passes by is just another day that you could’ve been one step further in changing your life.
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