The saying do one thing every day that scares you does not mean watch Poltergeist or WebMd your flu symptoms to see if you’ve got cancer.
It refers to comfort zones. They’re those cozy places most of us live every day, where stress and risk are minimized by a steady level of ease. Unfortunately, that’s not going to get you anywhere.
Science has proven that doing something that scares you will make you more productive, prepare you for new and unexpected changes, help you push your boundaries in the future, and make it easier to harness your creativity.
This week I did something that scared me. I launched my Facebook page / blog / website for Amanda Sabatino Wellness. By launched, I mean I shared it on Facebook and made everything public. Small step for some, but being a typical Virgo and wanting everything perfect, this stressed me out. I was prepared and had everything set up weeks prior but when the day finally came I froze up. What if no one was interested in what I was offering? What if people thought it was stupid? Or worse, what if I failed? These thoughts crossed my mind throughout the morning until seconds before I hit “post”. I was nervous, this was something I had kept under wraps for a few years and now that it was going public – it was way out of my comfort zone.
So I pumped myself up – I played a few empowering songs, listened to a motivational podcast and kept telling myself this is what I wanted, this is what I have been waiting for. When it finally launched I breathed a huge sigh of relief. My work was out there, no turning back now. Did the world blow up? Did people laugh at me? Nope. The overwhelming response I got caused me to be on cloud nine for the rest of the day. This was finally my time and I took the first step. I stopped being scared and just went for it.
My challenge for you is to do something out of your comfort zone this weekend.
It doesn’t have to be something extreme like going sky diving. Take smaller, simpler steps. Leave your phone at home, ask for help / admit your wrong / stand up for yourself, or do something that you’ve been avoiding for a long time because it scares the bejesus out of you.
Where should you start? Trust yourself. Tell yourself that no matter what happens, you are still you, and you’ll be ok. Count down to 3…and take the leap.
You can’t expect to be someone different if you continue to do the same thing. It’s a simple concept that many people fail to understand. But the sooner you understand this, the sooner you can become the person you want to be.