My Personal Experience On Leaving My Comfort Zone

Stepping is not easy. It takes boldness. It takes courage. It all starts with a single decision to be more, do more and have more.

STEPPING OUT

Stepping out for the first time is like entering a whole new world. Especially when you have little or no knowledge on how best to navigate around the seemingly alien environment. Stepping out entails leaving your comfort zone to explore other opportunities. It means trying new things. Daring what you wouldn't ordinarily dare. Stepping out takes a lot of courage. I've always been someone who liked to hide. Showing or showcasing myself has never really been my strong suit. There are some people who love attention. I happen to hate it. I just like to do my thing in a laid-back manner.

Some persons who know me might be surprised because even if I hated attention, I always summoned courage and faced the music if it happened that there was no way for me to wiggle out of it. Because I didn't like attention, stepping out was kind of a big deal for me; trying to leave my comfort zone and challenge myself to try new things. It was not easy. So far, the journey has not been all rosy, but I have refused to retreat back into my shell. Not when I have something to say. Not when I have something to offer to the world. I may not be the best writer in the world or the most eloquent speaker, but I applaud myself that I was bold enough to step out. I pat myself on the back because despite the fears, despite the nerves, despite the uncertainty, despite the insecurity, I pushed myself and took steps that'll help me grow and become a better person.

Hiding will only give you a false feeling of safety. This is so because it is only when you step out to make something worthwhile out of yourself that criticisms, backlash, and negative comments will come. All the people you thought didn't know you before will know you even more than you know about yourself and have lots of things to say. The truth is, whether you leave your comfort zones or not, criticisms will come. Those things you are trying to avoid, you'll still see it. When I decided to step out, I did it for myself. I knew I could be more than I already was, and hiding would not help me to become that more. I have never liked mediocrity and average life. I've always desired more. I wasn't competing or trying to be like someone else. I just wanted to be better and improve as a person.

You can step out if you want to. Hiding will not help you. Timidity is not good for anyone. The nerves will be there. The fears and uncertainty will be there, but you can push yourself to step out even in the midst of all these. I'm not at that stage I envisioned for myself, but I know I can, and I will get there. God's grace is available for me, and I won't let Him down. He's rooting for me, and He's also with me. He's with you too. Whenever things get tough and you feel like giving up, just remember. You can be the more that God designed you for if you desire it. God will not force you, but it is available if you are interested. (I hope you are!)

©️ Musings by Bari-ekwaadoo 🌹

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments section. What challenges did you face when you decided to step out? What is the journey like so far?

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