Play it safe. Stay in your lane. Keep doing what works.
If I think about how I’ve come to live my life, it’s very safe and comfortable. And, it works, most of the time.
Holding on in the back of mind are the goals I set long ago. Still unreached. Still there. Some are now just a whisper. Others perished over time. Those that remain viable are starting to scream for attention.
But, I still play it safe. I let the daily business of doing what works keep me from moving out of chosen lane of travel into unfamiliar territory.
Why? Because it’s scary!
So, what’s there to be afraid of? The F word.
Will the world end if I try something new and it doesn’t work? No.
But, others will see. Others will know. I failed. I will be embarrassed.
Whether real or imagined, failure brings a measure of shame to many people. They stay safe and say “I could have been….” rather than risk having tried and bombed.
We push the kids to try. They fall down or miss the goal at the game, we coach them to get back up and try again.
When did we stop saying the same to ourselves? Why is it now such a risk to try something new?
Is it because we might have to admit that our daily lives aren’t as picture perfect as our social media profiles portray?
I believe that in order to really get out of our comfort zone, we have to be willing to risk failure and trust that it’s NOT the end of the world.
So what if your first soufflé falls? Who cares if your painting doesn’t resemble a bowl of fruit? What different does it make if finish last in the 5K?
The point is you tried. You did something that wasn’t a sure win. You met a challenge and lived to tell the tale.
The world is not going to end simply because you traveled outside of your designated lane. How else can you get to somewhere new?
Sometimes a new road is rocky. It can be full of potholes and even some dead ends.
Let yourself be uncomfortable. Maybe even get lost once in a while. The promise is an adventure. And who knows where these new roads may lead!
Maybe I’ll crash and burn at something new. But odds are in my favor that I’ll succeed at least some of the time. I’m ready to add some risk – who’s with me?
Let’s get Out Of Our Comfort Zone!