I have had a number of conversations in the last few days about life and how we make our way through it. We go about our daily business generally within our safe areas.
We spend time with the people we know. We go to the job we are familiar with. We probably have a very similar routine for most of the days. There is nothing wrong with that and there is a lot that is comforting about the familiar. But every so often we need to push ourselves and take a step into the difficult, the challenging and the unknown.
It may mean going out to a new venue or stepping into a new environment on your own to meet new people. There may be some food you want to try for the first time. There is so much out there so many opportunities.
So what is holding us back?
That is the key question and the basic answer is there is only us holding ourselves back. What we have to do is step out of our comfort zone and push beyond our limits. We can do this in lots of small ways. It is feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
For some it may be talking to a room full of people or going out alone for a meal or to the cinema. It may even be talking to a stranger on the bus or train. We all know what feels difficult and uncomfortable to us.
For me this can be going into a strange social situation or stepping into a place where I am going to know nobody. It makes me anxious and concerned which is why I need to face things and put myself into that scenario. After all I don’t want to miss out and find I am limiting myself.
Wherever your boundaries are, find them, recognise them and push them. Go beyond and step outside your comfort zone.