Outside your comfort zone
If you ever feeling like you’re stuck, and not moving forward in life, the productive thing to do is make yourself uncomfortable. At first that sounds strange. The thing is, we learn the most when we are uncomfortable or make mistakes. I’m not saying it’s not okay to feel down. Sometimes we need a moment to fully address our feelings. Find someone who motivates you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a family member, mentor, or someone that genuinely cares. All of my friends are people that I admire on some level. I find that if there is a quality about a friend that you can respect then they are the best people to be around. Success breeds success. The same is true for kindness. How does this relate to moving forward and feeling uncomfortable? Don’t worry, I’m getting to that.
Having respect and admiration usually comes back to you. I tend to be my biggest critic but my friends and family tend to remind me I have more value than I know. It’s almost impossible to feel down when you have friends that constantly remind you of that. It’s borderline annoying.
Once your friends prevent you from reaching rock-bottom, then you can begin the process of doing something new that might seem scary. I used to be a communication major that was terrified of public event’s and public speaking. One of those really great friends invited me to a networking event. First day there I was scared out of my mind. Was I uncomfortable? You bet. I learned one of the best lessons of my life during that and that is fear can be turned into energy instead of wasted. That uncomfortable feeling is just energy you haven’t figured out how to utilize effectively.
Once I figured out how to utilize that energy, it caused me to grow and mature more. Just like anybody else though, those moments of self-doubt creep in. It’s important to catch yourself when those feelings manifest. Reach out to people you respect. You might find yourself accidentally motivated again. Recently I experienced that feeling of self-doubt. It was three specific individuals that motivated me again. Those people reminded me, through their own determination, that I need to keep going.
So if you’re ever feeling down do something new. Do something that snaps you out of your comfort zone.