Why you should go out of your Comfort Zone!

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘Comfort Zone; as “a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested“.

Just being honest now: I like being in my Comfort Zone. It is a nice place to be. I do feel comfortable and competent in what I am doing whether it is in my personal or professional life. I can relax and feel content.

But…

I have one of those inquisitive minds that wants to be challenged and tested. I seem to thrive on stress and I work better when I am slightly stressed. The adrenaline kicks in and I think a little clearer. I think this is why I followed the IT, Digital and Web route in my personal and professional life. There is a constant learning curve with new technologies and languages coming out that I have to keep up with. It is a constant challenge that I enjoy!

Examples of how I have gone out of my Comfort Zone…

Getting my race license!

In 2010 I got my Car Race license. I have always loved driving and watching motorsports so wanted to have a go. The thrill of driving around a race track and the danger is a big adrenaline rush which I love! I have done sprint racing and a couple of 24hr events as well.

Going to the cinema alone!

In 2012 I split with my partner of 8 years. I realised I had never gone to the Cinema by myself. I had always gone with friends or with him. I had a day trip to Brighton on my own and saw that Skyfall was out. I really wanted to see the film so I went and watched it. The cinema was incredibly busy and I could see plenty of other people that were on their own. I enjoyed it! And Daniel Craig was gorgeous aswell! ;). I have now been on numerous occasions when there has been a film I wanted to see…

Going on holiday alone!

In 2013 I bought my Blue Smart Car which I love to bits. On purchasing the car I was told about Smart Times 2013 which would be held in Switzerland. It is where people who love Smart Cars all come together and have a weekend of partying and hanging out. I knew I would love it. I realised I had not yet been on holiday alone before and decided to plan it. What better than a driving holiday for someone who loves driving! It turned out to be the one of the best holidays I have had and turned my confidence around completely in life. It really bought me out of my shell! I will write a separate story about this!

Driving a truck! 

I basically love everything with wheels on. Since learning to drive I have always been curious as what it would be like to drive a truck. So in February 2015 I used a weeks holiday to get my Class 2 HGV license. You get so used to driving a car that you become “comfortable” with it. On the first day I felt so nervous climbing into the cab for the first time. But I felt alive. I was going out my Comfort Zone again! The truck is bigger than the Smart Car! I loved the whole week and passed my test first time at the end of the week.  I will write a separate story about this!

In summary…do what you want to do in life. Whether you have to do it alone; just go and do it! Do not let anything or anyone hold you back! Just try and step out of your “happy place/comfort zone” and see what is out there.

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