Have you ever really wanted to go for something or do something but you didn’t because you didn’t want to take the risk? Maybe something like getting a new job or moving somewhere new or taking a trip, or even starting a blog?
I know that I’ve been in a few different situations where I had a new and exciting opportunity but I was too scared to go after it.
And every time that I let fear get in the way, I ended up regretting it later.
I got tired of letting fear get in the way all of the time. So I was determined to say “yes” more and to step out of my comfort zone whenever I was presented with something that would be good for me.
Now I’m not saying that I woke up one day totally fearless and taking risks all the time – not at all. But whenever I was presented with something that I wanted to do but felt uncomfortable with, I told myself to just do it and not look back. I started small, and I’m still working on it, but I’m getting better at it.
The key is to take baby steps. Starting small helps you get more comfortable with risks. Then you can work your way up to bigger ones. Eventually, you’ll find yourself naturally doing things that were once scary to you.
If you want to be a singer but you’re scared of singing in front of people, auditioning for American Idol might not be where you want to start out. I mean, that’d be awesome but taking baby steps might help you get more comfortable with it. You could sing in front of a friend, then a group of friends, then at a wedding, then at bars, etc. Not the greatest example, but you get the idea! ?
I think that stepping out of our comfort zone once in a while is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. It’s one of the greatest opportunities to grow, to combat anxiety, to learn new things. It can do so many things for us. I wanted to talk about a few ways that stepping out of your comfort zone can help you be a better person and show your fears that they can’t control you.
Taking risks brings about change.
It’s so easy to get or feel stuck in life. We get stuck in routines that are no longer working for us and we stop growing. Taking risks, trying new things, and stepping out of our comfort zones shakes things up and causes change, giving us room to grow.
Taking risks allows you to conquer your fears.
After you step out of your comfort zone and take a risk, it makes your fear(s) less scary. The more you do things that scare you, the more comfortable you get doing scary things. It’s such a great feeling to conquer your fear and it’s an amazing opportunity for personal growth.
Related reading: Tips for Dealing with Fear of Failure (or Rejection)
Taking risks leaves you with fewer regrets.
I know that I, personally, am left with feelings of regret after I turn down opportunities that would’ve been good for me. When you have a chance to face your fears, to do something exciting that will be good for you and help you grow, take it. Almost nothing is worse than living with regret.
Related reading: Dealing with Feelings of Regret
Taking risks opens you up to new opportunities.
Taking risks can open doors to amazing opportunities that you may not have gotten otherwise. For example, if you take risks with your job, it helps you stand out from the crowd and you may find new job opportunities that people who play it safer wouldn’t get. Taking risks also gives you new experiences that can open up new opportunities in life.
Taking risks allows you to grow and learn new things about yourself.
When you take risks, you force yourself to adapt to new situations and learn new things – sometimes about yourself. The more you explore new things and experiences, the more you’ll become aware of who you are. I know that stepping out of your comfort zone can cause anxiety but by the end of it, you will have grown so much and become so much more confident.
Taking risks will inspire others to do the same.
If you keep pushing past your comfort zone, people will notice. They’ll view you through a different lens, and it might encourage them to push past their comfort zones. When you spend more time around these people and help them grow, it will also help you grow. It’s a great way to share some positivity.
Do you have trouble taking risks?