Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach

When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to try something new? As kids, we never thought twice about jumping in to something new with both feet. We weren’t afraid to try new things and rushed headlong in to all kinds of new experiences on a regular basis. However, somewhere along the way, we lost our sense of adventure and we stopped doing things that felt uncomfortable for us. This is true in many areas of life and can be especially so when it comes to fitness. We don’t try the new class because we are afraid we won’t be able to keep up, we avoid joining the gym because we are unsure of how to use the machines or we avoid taking on a new challenge because maybe we won’t be very good at it.

I had this experience a couple of weeks ago with an activity that I had gotten away from – playing hockey. As a child, I didn’t play hockey and honestly wasn’t really in to sports. I did some figure skating and played on the high school curling team but that was the extent of my sports experience but hockey was always something I yearned to try. As my kids got in to hockey and I watched them play over the years, I thought more and more about getting out there to give it a try but for the longest time, my fear of failure held me back. Sure, I could skate but would I be able to stay on my feet when I traded in my picks for hockey skates? What if I wasn’t good at it?

It took me a long time but in my mid 30’s, I finally got up the nerve to give it a try and guess what? I wasn’t very good at it BUT . . . I had a ball and just loved it! I joined a women’s league with many other women who were in the same boat and some that were much more experienced and happy to share their knowledge with us and we all learned and improved and most of all had FUN! I was reminded that it is never too late to try something new and that when we step outside of our comfort zone, good things happen!

Fast forward several years and I had to step away from this new sport that I loved a couple of years ago due to health reasons. However, feeling better now, I decided to sign myself up for a tournament and get out there again after having not been on skates for the better part of two years. I was excited to get out and play again and looked forward to playing for weeks until I actually got in the car to head to the rink for the first time. I was just filled with anxiety and my nerves were jangling. What if I couldn’t keep up? It had been so long since I had been on skates, would I be able to make it through the game? I literally had to talk myself through my nerves the whole way to the rink! But then I got there and laced up my skates and took that first step on to the ice and an amazing thing happened, I forgot my nerves and just had FUN! That old feeling was back! I was winded and puffing my way up and down the ice but I was getting a great workout in and enjoying every minute of it – it felt great to be back, if only for a weekend!

So what is it that you would like to do that you haven’t tried yet? What gets in your way when you think about trying a new activity, sport or class? Does that little voice in your head get in your way and try to tell you that you “can’t”?? Maybe it is time to tell that little voice to pipe down and just take the risk and try it! Whatever that “it” is for you, I challenge you this month to give it a try! You may not be the best and it may not come easy at first but by stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new, you just might surprise yourself and find something that you love! You will be glad that you did!

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