Last month I took on a client project that was slightly out of my wheelhouse. The project seemed straightforward and the client was very easy to talk and very clear on what they wanted from the beginning but the service wasn’t exactly what I had been offering. I thought, “what the heck, what’s the worst that could happen? I can totally do this.”
Within a matter of weeks, the project started to fall apart. It was apparent that it wasn’t going to work and I decided to be upfront, honest and say that this was not going to be something I could deliver on. I was scared, embarrassed and just felt stupid.
I felt as if I had only inched out of my comfort zone— but it still ended up causing me a lot of stress thinking about the uncertainty and how I was going to bounce back.
After explaining the situation to the client, their response was simply amazing. They wanted to continue to work with me, but at a capacity that I could actually help them! It ended up being the perfect compromise for both of us and I was thrilled that I took the opportunity in the first place.
Wherever your limits lie within your career, your living environment, your fitness level, or whatever else, stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy. Sometimes it can be downright awful—I’m thinking about how much I dislike working-out in the moment (who’s idea was this!?) but feel like a million dollars once it’s all said and done.
Sometimes pushing yourself a little farther ends up great, and other times you fall on your face. Either way, it’s a learning experience. It may not make you better in the way you were expecting, but it will indeed make you better and smarter in other ways. Here are some other benefits that I’ve discovered over the years:
- See new perspectives
- Learn more about yourself
- Increase your confidence
- Builds creativity
- Gets you more comfortable with being uncomfortable
- Build new relationships
- Learn how to deal with different challenges
As humans, we tend to run away from uncomfortable situations, which are impossible to avoid! If we did avoid them, we would probably be pretty bored and unfulfilled.
I’ve noticed that the more risks I take, the more comfortable I am with whatever will result. I’ve made leaps outside my comfort zone with my business and personal life—my life has never ended because of it. If anything, it’s gotten better and more exciting.
How have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately? Comment below =)
“For cool things to happen, you have to get out of your comfort zone.” – Rony Abovitz
Thanks for reading,