The last couple of years I’ve really stepped out of MY COMFORT ZONE. And I’m so much happier for it.

I went on a work leadership program a few years ago – and me being an introvert, it’s very out of my comfort zone to go on a 3-day program, and share.

Sharing my thoughts on my strengths, and volunteering information on my weaknesses. I wasn’t forced to go, and knowing how incredibly out of my comfort zone this would be, I knew I had to do it for my growth!

This program taught us that whatever position you’re in, you can make a difference – you can be a leader. The empowerment that program provided, was pretty amazing. Ever since that program, I’ve been exercising what I learned. In time I’ve gone for promotions and scored a new amazing job that I love, where I am able to exercise my leadership skills even more. Don’t get me wrong, this job is incredibly hard. But it is a great job, and I get so much fulfillment out of my hard work.

I know how incredibly difficult it is to do something so foreign to what you’re used to. But, to evolve and grow we MUST do it.

When I first got my dog Alby, I walked him to streets and nearby parks in my neighborhood that I had never been to before. Something as small as that opened up my horizons. I felt more confident going to new places. Before that, I would never venture out into my neighborhood.

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I guess the purpose of this post is that we need to say yes more. I have, and I’m feeling so much more confident. There are still many things out of my comfort zone. Like public speaking. Gosh, that’s nerve-racking. But, I am determined to make it a strength. I just need to trust that ‘I can’.

An inspiring woman I worked with was leaving, and I decided I would do a speech. For me, that’s something I would never put my hand up for. But, I care about her so much and felt like I had to honor her by speaking at her farewell. So, I wrote down my speech, and it was so easy to write because the words just flowed (I do love writing). And, I read out the speech and did it with confidence, and I felt SO GOOD after that! I felt the fear and did it anyway!

 

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For the past few years, I’ve really pushed past my boundaries. I went rock-climbing recently, and I was SO scared the higher I got. But I thought, just a few more. Just one more. Then, okay, I’m this far now, I might as well go all the way!

This is how we fight the fear. This is how we become stronger. It’s not easy. But one small step at a time, we can do it!

I have always prayed about this, and God has shown me the way. He is truly amazing! 🙂

If there was ever anything that seemed scary, or too out of depth for me, I would bring it to God’s attention by praying about it. I’d write to Him in my journal, or as I’d be thinking about it, I’d say – ‘God, please help me with this. I’m finding this so hard.’ And, the answers have always come. Little signs and opportunities would come my way.

Feeling so blessed!

I would love to know about any times you have stepped out of your comfort zone.  Do you ever pray to God for strength? I would LOVE to hear from you 🙂 Please message me below, or send me an email to [email protected]

Lots of love!

J

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2 Comments

  1. I totally agree! I’m the same, I would much rather be introverted and stay at home blogging or reading. But going out and doing things and saying yes to things I normally wouldn’t say yes to has helped me to really grow. Thanks for sharing this, it takes courage to write posts like these!! Maadhi xx

    • joelyne Reply

      Thank you lovely! It’s great to hear I’m not the only one that’s introverted and inclined to stay at home – just need to push myself to get out there and do different things. I always come home feeling so happy, when I do it! I feel most inspired when I’m out exploring.
      Joelyne xoxo

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