Are You Afraid To Try?
It’s safe to stay in your comfort zone. You may not get the income you need, you may not have the job you want, you may not have done the items on your bucket list but hey, you’re safe. You’ve got your comfort blanket with you, your thumb in your mouth, your head under the covers and maybe headphones over your ears to shut out those siren voices urging you to try
Trying something new is a risk, sure but if you don’t try, you won’t know, – you won’t get the benefits. Now, hey, I’m not telling you to try every risky thing out there, no way.
Risks and Risky
There’s a big difference between risks and risky. Some risks involve growing as a person, something that’s just “risky” can cost you your life or your liberty.
The kinds of risks that you avoid by staying in your comfort zone are those where you might meet someone you would enjoy having as a friend or partner, where you might avoid improving your education because “I can’t do that” or “it’s too much work” or where you avoid taking up a new sport or leisure pursuit because “I’ll look dumb”. If you want to try something new, then go ahead, assess the risks to yourself and then ask, “What is the worst that could happen?” If it just involves egg on your face, then go ahead, it wipes off. If it involves physical danger to yourself or putting your family at financial risk then think long and hard about it and take advice. But don’t ignore that still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it”.
Don’t Overthink It
If you want to begin something, just do it. Sometimes it means a fresh start, sometimes it’s starting out on something new. Sometimes, it’s taking the plunge with something difficult or brand new and you need to overcome the fear, stepping outside your comfort zone.
There was a child who liked the water and went to the swimming pool every day on her holidays. She couldn’t swim but she knew how to stay afloat and get to the side of the pool.
One day, she decided to jump off the diving board. It was springy and great fun. So she decided to try the higher diving boards. She found that jumping off these could hurt if you didn’t go in straight!
In the meantime, the swimming pool staff had informed her relatives that she was moving about in the deep end (you couldn’t call it swimming) so she was taught to swim and then to dive. Diving started on the side of the pool and progressed to the first diving board. Once proficient at that, she was asked to try the higher board. She had jumped from that one previously before she learnt to swim and was now wary, even though she knew how to dive and to swim.
She stood on the edge of that diving board trying to gather her courage to begin the swoop, head first into the water ten feet below. It was cold in a wet swimming costume and she shivered in the breeze. She was about to turn and climb back down again when she glanced over the edge of the swimming pool wall to the street outside to see a family waiting at a bus stop watching her.
At that point, pride took over. No one was gong to see her fail and she just did it. No thinking, no preparation, no worrying. The practice took over and she entered the water with no painful thump, just cut it cleanly.
Sometimes you just do it. To begin, begin.
What An Opportunity!
Yes, our lives may seem difficult, yet every difficulty, every “impossibility” is an opportunity that can be handled brilliantly.
One person who faced what seemed like impossible odds was born to drug addicted parents, who eventually died of AIDS, was hungry most of the time and did not attend school very often: when she did she was ostracized because she was dirty and wore torn clothes. It is hard to imagine a much harder childhood. She was living on the streets at 15 years of age, yet rose above it to attend Harvard on a full scholarship and has since become a motivational speaker. You can read Liz Murray’s story (Title: Breaking Night) or view it.
Many other situations have also seemed impossible. Many people still alive never thought that human beings would walk on the moon in their lifetime. Orville and Wright had to overcome a great deal of scepticism to bring their vision of a flying machine into being. Nowadays we take aeroplanes for granted. Even motor cars have only been around for about 120 years and were originally termed “horseless carriages”, with people believing that horse drawn transport would never disappear, whereas nowadays it is mostly for pleasure.
What is YOUR Impossible Situation?
Are you facing an impossible situation? How can you turn that into an opportunity?