I see every day as a new opportunity to challenge myself. I am going to keep pushing myself a little further and continue to step out of my comfort zone. That is a promise. – MB
That was/is a commitment I made to myself a couple of months into recovery. At the time, I was still coping with a broken heart and dramatic changes on my journey to a healthy life. There were so many times when I thought that it would just be easier to give up, and to go back to my old ways. I was uncomfortable and nervous, but I was doing everything in my power to tell myself that this uneasy feeling would all be worth it. [it was]
You have to take a leap of faith when you are moving away from your past (destructive) behaviors into a new lifestyle. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary.
Someone once used the analogy of spontaneously being forced to write with the opposite hand. For example: I am right-handed… I use my right hand dominantly when I write, play sports, do my makeup, open drinks, etc. Imagine that one day, all of a sudden you have to use your left hand for EVERYTHING. It’s difficult, it feels awkward and uncomfortable, but it is not impossible. You CAN do it if you put your mind to it. The more time you spend working towards using your left hand, the more comfortable you will get, and the more natural it will begin to feel.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is difficult, it won’t always fun, you will be nervous. As you continue to trust yourself and the people on your support team, the feeling slowly starts to go away. Your new behaviors will not only begin to feel normal, but your mindset will (more than likely) be more clear about experiencing these new norms.
Regardless of your situation, live each day with the realization that it is a NEW day. It can be your fresh start, your continuation of progress or anything you wish it to be.
CHALLENGE: Think about a time when you had to step out of your comfort zone (It can be related to recovery, friendships, relationships, work, etc.).
- How did you feel?
- What did you do to help ease your discomfort?
- Once you were able to get over the initial feeling of uneasiness, what happened?