One of my favorite quotes is “Do one thing every day that scares you.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. My assumption is, rather than bungee jumping or deep sea cave diving, she meant those small fears we all face day to day, like talking about something difficult to your boss or significant other, tasting a new food, or trying a new class. We all encounter things that force us to step outside of our comfort zone now and then. Sometimes we do them anyway. More often than not, these things chip away at our motivation to move forward and we stay where we’ve always been, comfortable with the status quo.
What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? It’s time to face your fear and try something different.
What I’ve learned from facing my various fears* and upsetting the status quo is that it gets easier each time. You truly do discover that what doesn’t kill you (or make you want to die in the process) does make you stronger.
* I once posed nude for an art class. If that doesn’t put a person out of their comfort zone I don’t know what would.