What I’ve learnt from leaving my comfort zone

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My university lecturer once told me that ‘your comfort zone is great, but nothing ever grows there’. 

I thought I understood what she meant but the truth is I had never really left my comfort zone so how could I?

Let’s be real.

Who actually actively searches to leave their comfort zone?

People who are into uncertainty, spontaneity and living life on the edge.

I for one am not one of those people.

My weeks are planned meticulously.

This blog and the posts are planned out months in advance and I always have a back up and a plan B to Z in place just in case.

Leaving my comfort soon isn’t something I ever planned to do. More that I was forced out of it – in more ways than one.

But it’s taught me a lot about myself.

I KNOW MORE THAN I THOUGHT

When you’re in your comfort zone it’s like you’re Wonder Woman. You’ve got everything down to a T, and you rarely make mistakes.

The moment I changed jobs and left the comfort of the job I’d been in since leaving university I got this sudden overwhelming feeling of ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’.

Despite obviously getting the job I had applied for I felt like I wasn’t good enough and I was back at the beginning again.

When the truth is I clearly was good enough because they gave me the job.

I knew what I was doing, it just took time to get to grips with the new system and way of doing things.

CHANGE CAN BE GOOD

The thing about change and leaving your comfort zone is that we all think about it, but we rarely take the leap and do it.

I always say I’ll go solo traveling but the reality is I never really do it.

Even up till the last minute I was very reluctant to change. I didn’t want my life to change in anyway. I was happy with how it was up to a certain point.

But the changes that I’ve made have actually been some of the best decisions I’ve made.

It’s made me realise what I can do, the skills I already have and the skills I want to gain. It’s also allowed me to try new things and has opened up doors for me which I’d never even thought about.

Sure it’s never easy at first, but the end results are so much better.

IT TAKES TIME TO ADJUST

It took me a good month to accept the changes I’d gone through. From the different hours, the work load, the people and how it all affected my home life.

At first I didn’t think I’d get used to it and I actually started doubting myself and my decisions.

But after the first week it slowly got better. Week after week things changed, I adjusted and everything slowly slotted into place.

It’s now been three months and everything feels right. Everything feels normal.

It’s just natural for things to feel a little bit out of place when you leave the safety of your comfort zone.

But taking the leap and doing something new, different and something that pushed me to adapt as a person was the best decision I made.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to leave their comfort zone?

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