I’ve been thinking a lot lately about comfort zones. Stop me if I start sounding like a Pinterest quote, but all of the best things happen when you leave those comfy places. I know, I’m disgusted with myself too. Hear me out..
Six months ago I was in a bad place in my life. Truth. I wouldn’t say rock bottom, but I was definitely dancing around the edges. I was just unhappy with my life and the direction, or truthfully the lack of direction, that it was going in. I remember wanting so desperately to make a change, but I was so scared of giving up what I already had and only finding something worse.
Fear was holding me back, guys. I was pinning all of the inspirational Pinterest quotes I could possibly pin, reading all of the inspirational and self help articles I could find, and watching all of the motivational videos that YouTube has to offer and at the end of the day? I was still scared.
It wasn’t until one day I read an old blog post of mine that was sitting in my drafts and I realized I had been unhappy with my lack of direction for over a year. ONE WHOLE YEAR I spent unhappy and scared. Then I kind of just thought, I spent a whole year being unhappy, so why not commit myself right now to a year of experimentation? The year was going to pass anyway, right? So at the time I just thought, okay.. One year, I’ll give it one year. I made sure I had an escape route and a nice backup plan, but I took the leap.
Six months ago I accepted a job that I didn’t really want, per say, but that I needed. It was out of my comfort zones, but still just enough in my comfort zones that I wasn’t giving myself panic attacks. Three weeks into said new job, I was offered a promotion and new position. WHOA. What? I accepted, scared to death, but I was also like “well why not? I’m only committing to a year anyway, so I’m still safe”.
Well the last month has been full of discussions and interviews and a lot of me saying “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY LIFE?!” but as of last week I’ve officially been offered another promotion and accepted a new big position. I hesitated to accept it, because I was (okay, I am still) scared shitless, but I figured this was all part of my Year of Yes, so I said.. Yes.
To recap for those playing at home, on the 6 month anniversary of starting this job, I received a new, big promotion all because I finally took the plunge and got out of my comfort zone. I’m still kind of like “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO MY LIFE” but I’m also really excited and happy.
I also acknowledge that none of this would have happened if I hadn’t first decided I was going to tip toe out of my comfort zone. So far, so many good things have happened to me since I’ve done that.
Moral of the story? Do more of what you’re afraid of. Get out of those comfort zones and make things happen. It won’t be handed to you and it won’t all be easy and it most certainly won’t all come without fear.
I tried really hard NOT to sound like a motivational weight loss book, but that’s hard to do when you’re trying to be motivational. Ya feel me? So take it for what it’s worth and take everything I said with a grain of salt.
Oh, and stay tuned.. My Year of Yes continues..