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Pushing Through My Comfort Zone: It Took Two Years, But I Did It.

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Our comfort zone is a very nice, cosy, easy place to live.
We do the same stuff over and over and we know what to expect from life – even when we’re not happy, we stay stuck because it’s what we know, and sure couldn’t it always be worse?

 

I made the commitment to myself in Spring of 2016 that I would create an online course in confidence for kids, and I’d have it done by the end of the year. Oh how hilarious that now sounds (and how naive).

Over the past two years I have got myself into the thick of WordPress, and blogging, and creating content for the course. I mean I really threw myself into it. I was on a mission, but I was way out of my comfort zone and everything took so so so long.

So here I am at the end of 2018 – I’ve finally released my first course, I’ve sent out the first advert on Facebook. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get here, but on the other hand.. I finally got here!

And you can too.

Whatever it is you are dreaming of kickstarting in 2019, here’s what I learned over the past two years about pushing through my comfort zone that can help you get started.

 

The desire for more has to become greater than the desire to stay where you are.

Being Fed Up Is A Great Place To Start

First you have to get so fed up with that comfort – you know there is so much more out there you can do, you know you are wasting your life/brain/talent in that comfort zone…

The desire for more has to become greater than the desire to stay where you are. Also I think for me, having young children and spending a lot of time at home definitely made me think about all I was capable of.

Start Talking

You have to start to share your ideas (of what you really want to do) with others and talk about it – it helps you to gather momentum. There is nothing like encouragement. (And if you are not getting any, make a mental note not to look for it again from that person).

 

Regret

Imagine the scenario if you don’t do it.. what are the alternatives, can you live with yourself and the regret? Maybe you can. But this was where my determination came from. I didn’t have the option, I had to do it!

 

Change is part of the cycle of life – it is everywhere, it is life. It is always happening, whether we like it or not.

 

Forced Out

Our comfort zone can be related to lots of things but sometimes we don’t get the choice, we are forced out of it. For example we are made redundant / promoted / move house or country / have a child or 3!

 

We Adjust

When you jump / are pushed out of your comfort zone, and you’re going through the new part (the part we usually don’t like), remember this: we always learn to adjust. Humans are amazing. We can get used to just about anything.

It may even come full circle and the ‘new’ thing eventually becomes your comfort zone all over again.

 

Change

Change is part of the cycle of life – it is everywhere, it is life. It is always happening, whether we like it or not.

One of my little motto’s in my head is ‘Life is always changing’ – just think about this in relation to your kids growing up, and you getting older.. nothing stays the same for long. We may as well just keep learning, adapting and going for it.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No man or woman is an island.

 

Time

Timing is everything and so is time management. Manage your time and don’t use it as an excuse; our lives are so busy now, but how much time do you spend watching T.V., or on your phone?

It is never good enough to say we don’t have the time – we might only have a small amount of down time, but we still get to choose how we spend it.

 

Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. No man or woman is an island.

I decided, on many occasions over the last few years, to pay others for their knowledge and expertise and I don’t regret it.

Best of luck,

Caoimhe

 

About the Author

Caoimhe O Grady Tegart The Confidence Clinic

Caoimhe O’Grady Tegart is a Child and Teen Life Coach and also a qualified Hypnotherapist. She lives in Skerries, North County Dublin with her husband and 3 children.

A qualified Business and Life Coach, Caoimhe writes, speaks and coaches on the topics of Confidence, Anxiety, Bullying, Finding Happiness and overall mental health and well being. She regularly carries out workshops at Schools, Clubs, Scout troops, Organisations, and has spoken at Zeminar in the RDS.

www.theconfidenceclinic.ie

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