I’m a big fan of Bobby Bones. He’s a national radio DJ based out of Nashville with a compelling background. I first started listening to his morning show when I lived in the middle of Kansas because, to be frank, there wasn’t much else to listen to.
While I didn’t have many other options, I was captivated by his voice and his authentic content. Bobby Bones is self-made and has a positive outlook on success, regardless of his difficult past. I recently caught a short segment in the car and he was talking about how uncomfortable situations can lead to the most success.
Having a spontaneous and fearless personality, I get a lot of backlash on some of the “uncomfortable” decisions I make so this topic struck a chord for me.
On my personal journey, I’ve found that success and prosperity aren’t going to be dropped into your lap, as much as we’d hope. Achieving your goals and emotional health inevitably means you’re going to be put in uncomfortable situations.
Here’s why stepping out of your comfort zone is so crucial to your well-being.
You get results.
Do you find yourself going through the motions? Do you often daydream about how you’d like your life to look? Do you complain about how you want more out of life, whether it’s money, friends, a relationship, or overall happiness?
Doing the same thing every day won’t get you different results. If there’s an area in your life you’d like to change, you MUST start by putting actionables toward what you want. This WILL require stepping out of your comfort zone.
Maybe you’re unhappy with your salary but you feel stuck at your job. Guess what? You’re not! Leave! Maybe job interviews scare you or you don’t want to disappoint your boss… these are factors that can be changed, and altered only by you.
I know so many people who complain about their situation, yet they don’t do anything about it. This is making a statement that you are okay with being unhappy. I have a hard time empathizing with people who don’t make the changes they want when they have every opportunity in front of them. We are fortunate to live in an era where we have a surplus of freedom– don’t take that for granted!
Your quality of life increases.
While it may not seem like it during the process, being uncomfortable for a few brief moments will pay off.
I recently made a job change because I was unhappy with my pay and knew my worth. Aside from my salary, I loved my job. I also knew I needed and deserved more. I took the risk of leaving a job with people I adored and a culture I admired and let me tell you- I was SO uncomfortable doing it!
As painful as it was leaving the company, I couldn’t be more happy with my new situation. My quality of life has drastically increased– I’m working less and from the comfort of my home!
There is no better way to grow.
Stepping out of your comfort zone may be a challenging feat, but it’s one that will make you more adaptable, stronger, and confident.
I have a passion for traveling, especially solo. I wasn’t born with this desire, and I can still remember how anxious and yep, you guessed it, uncomfortable I was on my first solo trip. I remember walking on the plane headed to Mexico thinking “What am I doing? What was I thinking? Who does this??”
My trip ended up being the most memorable one I’ve ever had. I gained friends, independence, and self-assurance all because I made the decision to do something I’ve never done before.
It makes it easier for the next steps.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a terrifying experience… at first. The good news is, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
In the last couple years, I’ve made drastic decisions that have changed the course of my life. I moved to a different city where I didn’t know anyone, switched jobs, and have continued my solo travels.
During these impactful changes, my personal growth has skyrocketed. Leaning into the uncomfortable has prepared me for each big thing in my life and those to come. I am now more comfortable making drastic decisions because the one before taught me how to deal with new challenges and unique situations.
Let go of your fear of the unknown and stay uncomfortable, my friends!