Published on August 4th, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Your Growth Starts Out of Your Comfort Zone
Have you ever had an experience where you did something that was totally not in your character but you had the best time of your life? I remember my first big leap out of my comfort zone. I was in 10th grade and it was our annual school trip to Dorney Park, an amusement park. We had waited all year to have fun as a class. I remember it like it was yesterday, all of my friends getting on roller coasters but I would casually turn them down. Well not so casual because I would usually say something sarcastic like, “If the roller coaster malfunctions, at least I’ll be alive! …Yes, I was a bit of a mean kid at times. But that excuse didn’t work for long- a girl I liked asked me if I was getting on… I guess she didn’t hear me make the jokes so in my manliest voice I replied “Of course!!!!” Now I was so scared but I committed and I couldn’t back out now. So in my mind I was praying to God to have the roller coaster shut down due to “unforeseen problems.” I approached the line joking the whole time, saying other people were scared just to take the focus off of me. The next thing you know, I was on a roller coaster called “The Steel Force” having the time of my life! I can honestly say I’ve been a roller coaster enthusiast ever since that day.
If I didn’t get out of my self-imposed my comfort zone, I might have missed out on a great experience. I promise you- if you dedicate yourself to trying something new, one day that will become your new comfort zone. Or if I’m wrong and you never feel comfortable in that space, at least you gave it a real shot. In the bible, Moses was not comfortable being a leader, yet he became one of the greatest leaders of all time. Exodus 4:1 says, “Then Moses answered and said, ‘But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, The Lord has not appeared to you.’” This verse was Moses questioning God, not because he didn’t want to follow his word, but because he was afraid to venture out of his comfort zone and lead God’s people. Then in Exodus 4:10 Moses makes this excuse: “Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’” This was Moses backing out and putting all the blame on himself. He was not comfortable with leading, but as we know later in Exodus, Moses finally answers God’s call and leads his people. If that’s not getting out of your comfort zone, I don’t know what is.
You didn’t necessarily fall into your circle of friends or marry the first person you ever dated. You had to get out of your skin and make yourself available to these people. Comfort zones are very tricky because sometimes they give a false sense of comfort and as a result, you never really challenge yourself to try new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you to accomplish the great things you were meant to. Life can really pass you by if you stay in the confines of your comfort zone. So next time that person who you don’t really know invites you out to a hike or for foreign cuisine, take the shot. You never know what could happen. That relationship could build into an awesome friendship and open doors that weren’t part of your original plan.