Man I can relate to this quote on so many levels! Anyone else who can? Leave me a comment!
Due to my job as an office management assistant where I also work as a receptionist who has to be present ALL THE TIME and who also does a shit ton of other work at that job I am forced to step out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. On some days it is easier than on other days. With my social anxiety I get nervous around people who I don’t know. Unknown situations stress me out, that’s why at the end of the day I feel drained most of the times.
As I have mentioned a numerous of times before, my plan for the end of this year is to fully start my self-employment journey, leaving me enough room to gain more experience that I will have gained by the end of this year. Leaving the corporate world with six years of experiences in different fields. While I am learning everything about how to deal with customers, how to manage an office, how to write an invoice, how to write a business letter or how to be organized I haven’t actively started learning things about myself, my path that I want to follow, my services that I enjoy doing and that I want to offer, my comfort zones, my struggles, my fears and how to cope with my fears until last November.
And this is probably a crucial step towards my self-employment journey. Because really I am the only one who is in her own way to greater things. I know I have what it takes, I know I do good work, I know I take good pictures. I’d love to be more present but at the same time I get anxious. I’d love to network offline but at the same time it scares the living hell out of me.
So I want to share eight ways on how you can learn to leave your comfort zone(s):
➊ Stop negative self-talk. You wouldn’t discourage a friend either, would you?
➋ Accept your fear but learn that it does not define you or the situation you are in.
➌ Write down the things you wouldn’t have if you let fear rule over your life
➍ Write down what you imagine beyond your fear. (Is it a different lifestyle? Freedom? A happier life?)
➎ Look in the mirror, smile, dance, sing and tell yourself “you got this”. Do whatever you can do to release those endorphins.
➏ Do small activities to challenge yourself – ideally these are activities that you purposely ignored in the past. This might be difficult at first but it will get easier. I promise.
➐ Rate your fear from 1-10 before you encounter an activity and rate it again after the activity. I can guarantee you that you will rate your fear in the first round much higher than it actually turned out.
➑Analyze your fear.
Did situation xyz really turned out to be as scary as you imagined it in the first place?
And one more important thing: It is okay to ask for help!
You can apply these tips regardless of whether you want to start your own business or not. They can be helpful either way.
What do you do against fear? How do you work on leaving your comfort zones? Let me know, xo Chantal ♥