Comfort Zone No More
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
― Roy T. Bennett
When I became pregnant with my daughter I knew my life was going to change. My body was already changing before I knew it.
Not being able to control what was going inside of me I knew I could only control what was around me.
Becoming pregnant changed my values, priorities, and how I looked at the world. I had a responsibility to take care of a little being and bring her into this world.
She will watch everything I do and say, which made me look inward and ask if what I was doing in life what I really wanted to do.
I was a psychotherapist in private practice for 10 years and decided that I no longer wanted to continue doing therapy. I wanted to be home more for my daughter, but also have the flexibility when it comes to working.
I took the risk and decided to own my own business as a jewelry designer. After doing therapy for so many years I was stepping into uncharted territory.
There are 3 things that I have learned when it comes to stepping outside of your comfort zone:
When you are out to do something new you start to learn and discover new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a breeding ground for innovation and creativity. Designing jewelry came easily to me and something I really enjoyed. Not only did I love being creative, but I didn’t realize I had creative juices in me that had been dying to come out.
Tested my Confidence
Even though designing came easy to me the business part didn’t. I felt insecure when it came to figuring certain things out, negotiating deals, or even showcasing my pieces. It tested my confidence and reminded me to constantly check in with myself and own what I was doing and the decisions I made.
I was talking to a girlfriend about how difficult social media has been for me and other business aspects. I said I didn’t know if I would have become an entrepreneur if I knew what it really entailed. But she reminded me that at least I had the courage to leave something I had known for years and do something completely new.
When have you stepped out of your comfort zone and learned about yourself?