Our comfort zone is not something we just walk out of– it doesn’t happen overnight but rather through the practice of taking small steps over time. Often we resist leaving what we know which blocks the leap into an area of vulnerability. Our minds tend to tune in to what fear has to say and it is a challenge to overcome that behavior. Being afraid of vulnerability might come from not wanting to reveal who we truly are to the world or more importantly to ourselves.
Eventually we have to face our fears– it is life’s inevitability. Recently I have been trying to conquer a fear of standing on my head. As silly as it may sound, I haven’t put much effort into it since childhood. The more I let fear sit within me, the less likely the chance of me accomplishing the goal. The small steps of practicing yoga, meditation, and healthy eating habits have made it easier for me to be more comfortable within my skin.
Through research, I’ve come across multiple sources that have listed benefits of what I was trying to do. I’ve put it into practice as much as possible and when I tried today something remarkable happened! Even though I didn’t make it all the way, I realized that because I was creating the tension, my body would only allow me to go so far. The lesson learned here is that we can let unnecessary tension go by not inflicting it upon ourselves in the first place. We’re not always going to be in a comfortable environment, but the more we relax, the more receptive we can be.
Growing confident within myself
I realized anything’s possible with God’s help.
I really want to stress the importance of getting into practice mode. If you’re afraid of speaking in front of a large group, start by practicing in the mirror, in front of friends, small groups, etc. until you get to the point where you’ve exceeded the goal. There will be times when you feel like you’re getting nowhere or that you’re not digging deep enough. But by continuing to practice leaving your comfort zone, a confidence will grow from within. When you finally step into where the magic happens, you will realize that anything is possible.