“Who dares, wins” —British Special Air Service
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live” —Dorothy Thompson
All of us are familiar with these cliché quotes. We all are familiar with the idea that fear holds us back, makes it difficult for us to pursue our objectives, and keeps us from doing the things we want to do.
Why are we still so afraid to step outside of our comfort zones and take risks? We are aware that results frequently exceed concerns, and that many times, our concerns are unwarranted. What, then is stopping us?
Let’s start by discussing the comfort zone and the influence it has over each of us. Each of us has a comfort zone. Comfort zones exist in both our personal and professional life and are both physical and psychological. Regardless of your age or level of professional level, comfort zones are where we feel most secure and frequently least challenged. Even when they are no longer useful to us, we have a tendency to hold onto them.
We hesitate to leave our comfort zones when faced with a novel situation that makes us anxious. I’m extremely familiar with this emotion, just like many of you.
I’d call myself an introvert in lot many ways- I had a fear of trying new things and exploring new places, but when I met new people I got to know that I’m not only the one who has this kind of fear. But when I started dancing, my hesitation and my fear started vanishing. Whatever it is, it has kept me moving forward, evolving, and expanding. I’ve performed in different cities multiple times, once went to the Dubai expo 2020 to represent India-even though all of these things felt really, really terrifying.
The trick is that it becomes compulsive once you push yourself past your comfort zone just once. Every time I do anything that makes me uncomfortable, I still feel nervous, but after overcoming these mini-fears so frequently, I’ve come to understand that stepping outside of your comfort zone can only be beneficial. Initial uneasiness will pass, and you’ll probably succeed in learning something new and constructive. The mere fact that you overcame your initial fear will give you a sense of satisfaction.
By Bhakti Khandelwal