Photo of The Bubbles at Acadia National Park in Maine
Last weekend I climbed the most challenging hike I have ever done. At 5 foot 1 inch tall, there were times when I had to lift my leg as high as I possibly could to get from one rock to the next. I had to turn sideways while pulling myself up with my arms to climb between then on top of a crevice in the mountainside. I initially gave up during this difficult part of the hike and sat down on a rock, feeling frustrated. After taking a break, I tried again and conquered my obstacle. I was so proud of myself for doing something that I thought I couldn’t do. It’s moments like these that I remind myself that as humans we are capable of so much more than we think. We don’t always believe in ourselves as much as we should. We are powerful.
Overcoming my fears during my hike reminded me of a scene from a show I recently started watching called Shameless. In the show, there is a character named Sheila who struggles with severe anxiety to the point that she is terrified of leaving her own home. Spoiler alert coming: Sheila eventually steps outside into her front yard after a toddler she is babysitting sneaks out. I felt an overwhelming sense of joy for Sheila as she did this. I saw how this experience gave Sheila a confidence that she previously did not have. She realized she was capable of more than she thought she was.
Step outside your comfort zone and push yourself to do something that you didn’t think you could do (within reason, of course). If you are able to travel, go somewhere you have never been. Going new places and experiencing new cultures will put you outside your comfort zone. Everyone has a different size comfort zone, so don’t compare yourself to others. Focus on you and the feeling that you get when you accomplish something you didn’t think you could do. Overcoming these challenges will help you grow as a person to be the most powerful and confident version of you.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy