I’ve been thinking about something lately. Maybe it’s because my ten month anniversary in San Francisco is quickly approaching, maybe it’s because of a networking event I attended Tuesday evening, maybe it’s because I’ve been replaying a few moments from my past. There’s one common theme here: Life isn’t meant to be comfortable.
Hear me out on this one: the moments that provide us the most opportunity are the ones that are the scariest. Living a ‘safe’ and ‘convenient’ life isn’t helping us at all. Take moving across the country right out of college for example. Had I ever been west of Missouri? No. Did I know anyone in California? No. Had I ever had a “real job” before? No. Did that stop me? No.
But this blog post isn’t about me; it’s about YOU. Stop and think about experiences – big and small – that have pushed you outside of your comfort zone. Maybe it’s speaking publicly at a large event. Maybe it’s quitting your job or choosing to end a relationship. Maybe it’s finally acknowledging you are not happy in a situation you’re in and taking a leap of faith to change your circumstances. All of these things may bring a lot of fear, but they also bring a whole lot of opportunity.
I am a huge advocate for the fact that life isn’t meant to be comfortable because being comfortable is safe. And safe is boring. Today, take a chance and make the proactive decision to choose to be brave. I promise you this – courage is always rewarded.