Your comfort zone can grow.
…at least that’s what my cat taught me.
When I adopted Chibi, my home was new and scary for her. For the first few days, she didn’t get out of my bedroom.
When she finally went through the door, she refused to go past the corridor in front of the room. After some time, she ventured to the living room and then the kitchen.
…but every time she was startled by a sudden movement or sound, she dashed back to her comfort zone.
After a while, the most curious thing happened: Instead of dashing into the bedroom, she stopped at the corridor.
She successfully expanded her own comfort zone.
Today she walks like she owns the whole apartment! Everywhere is safe – especially corners!
Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone Doesn’t Have To Be Overwhelming.
If you take one step at a time outside your room, who knows how far you can go?
Four years ago I wasn’t able to have a conversation in English when a foreigner asked for directions. I would start stuttering like a madwoman and forget all the words.
Today I’m almost as comfortable with English as I am with my own language.
I could have moved to an English speaking country. There’s a lot of value in that.
…but, like Chibi showed us, throwing yourself into the deep end is not the only way to get out of your comfort zone. Instead, I expanded it by practicing the language more.
What About You?
Are you fine doing something now that was uncomfortable last year?
Please tell me all about it in the comments below!
Oh, and Chibi says hi!