Today I wanted to chat a bit about comfort zones – specifically getting out of them.
I resisted getting out of mine when it came to starting my private yoga business. I used every single excuse in the book, from it’s not the right time to I’m too new to teaching to I have no business experience, I can’t start my own business. Those were only a few of the hurdles that I didn’t think I would be able to overcome.
It took a lot of talking myself into it to even look into how I would start my business. Contacting lawyers to get someone to create my corporation was scary. Telling my family and friends what I was doing was scary. Finding an accountant was nerve wracking.
I’m one of those people who likes to know exactly what steps that I need to take to achieve my goals. I like to know exactly how to get from point A to point B, and everything that I need to do to get to the end point. Starting my business was nothing like that.
In all of my post secondary education I only had to take one business class, and I didn’t learn much from it, unfortunately. It was tough to take on something like starting a business when I felt like I didn’t have all the information I needed to do things on my own. I had to trust the people that I hired to do the things that I couldn’t. I’m very grateful that I found some great people, but it was very intimidating in the beginning.
Now that I have some of the big scary stuff done and out of the way, I realized how many other times in my life I’ve ventured out of my comfort zone. I’ve done things that were hard or where I wasn’t sure of the outcome, but I still did them and even succeeded at them.
I decided to go back to school as an adult in my 30’s. I learned so much about something that I was passionate about (fitness) and it ended up laying the foundation for quite a few other things I ended up doing, like yoga teacher training.
I walked into a yoga studio for the first time. I’m so grateful that I did because I found something that I fell in love with.
I signed up for yoga teacher training. It had been in the back of my mind for years, but I had never gone for it. I finally got the nerve to fill out the application for a training that I had been eyeing for awhile and when I talked to one of the instructors I knew that it was the program for me.
Looking back now I can see how many of the things that I did before I started my business that got me out of my comfort zone and showed me that I can do things that I know are going to be hard, tough, or that I maybe don’t know every single step I’ll have to take in advance. I’ve done all of those things in the past and I know that I’ll be able to do them in the future.
What’s something you’ve done recently that go you out of your comfort zone?