Comfort Zones

People are stuck in their ways a lot of the times. People are shy tend to have great ideas, but are afraid to speak up. Whether they’re afraid to say something out of fear of being shot down, or just out of being nervous. The best of ideas cannot be heard if never spoke, in addition, the manner of speaking counts. If you do not approach a topic with confidence and strength in your manner of presentation, the key points can be lost or looked over.

Linked in, a prominent networking website, outlines major reasons why a person should be stepping outside of their comfort zone in all aspects of life. An overview of this article’s key points:

Growth: Personal, career, and academic growth can all take place when a person decides to step out side of their comfort zone and do something that scares them. Personally, I never saw myself in leadership positions. Then, freshmen year of college, I joined a sorority. By the end of my first semester, I had decided to put fears, and shyness, aside and was elected to the executive bored the same semester I was initiated. I became Secretary, and now as a sophomore, am running for president. Never did I think I would want to be the face of an organization, or the key speaker at all events; however, by giving myself the chance to grow and put myself out there, I discovered that I enjoy leadership. I enjoy speaking, and writing for my organization. This also goes along with a Linked in point saying you will be able “to learn about yourself.”

Dealing with challenges: Leaders learn problem solving and conflict resolution. When you decide to establish yourself as someone worthy of leading, of stepping out of your known ways, you will take away key points of how to become someone who can deal with conflict in patient, respectful ways.

There are countless reasons to step outside of your comfort zone. You will discover that you are a different person in some aspects that you never considered yourself to be. It is worth the risk of failing. There can never be accomplishment without the risk of failure.

I encourage anyone reading this post to check out the LinkedIn article, and to do something this week that scares you.

3 Replies to “Comfort Zones”

  1. You bring up a great point. I think that the feeling of being afraid to speak has been engraved on us for long time. At a young age we are used to being told that we are wrong and because of that we feel like we shouldn’t speak and answer questions. I think we should be challenging this as much as possible. By being wrong we can learn so much and the reality is that there is no way that we are going to be right all the type. When we are wrong, we are admitting that we are out of our comfort zone and this is when we can gain the most experience.

  2. This is a good piece. Note that the author is not LinkedIn, though. It’s a post by a writer named Joshua Miller that he shared on LinkedIn. I love the idea at the end that you share — trying to do something that scares you. (As long as it’s at least sort of safe. Jumping off Livermore Falls scares me, and it’s probably good that it does…)

  3. I completely agree with the first statement explaining how nervous people can get and how it can affect the way you respond in a classroom. I have experienced situations like this where I felt like every answer in my head was wrong even though I knew they were right, I was just too scared that I would embarrass myself with the wrong answer so I end up not answering at all. This is why I think most of my classes consisted of quiet and unspoken students because of how afraid we are to stand up.

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