How do you know if you can achieve something if you’re too afraid to step outside your comfort zone? Everyone should try something different that maybe they don’t feel that comfortable with. There’s nothing wrong with being scared and worried, but if you never push your boundaries how will you ever grow?
Taking risks is a scary thing, but I see more instances where taking the time to develop yourself and not follow the usual studying route is seen as a bigger risk. Take for example university, it is shown as the right way to progress after you finish college. It is classed as the safe option. Compared to going out on your own and finding yourself. Now I’m not saying going to university is a bad thing, in some careers it is vital to study towards your profession. But if you were like me and stuck during college wondering whether you could commit to a full time course in something you weren’t sure about and then being topped with all the debt and expenses. It’s okay to say no to university. That was a risk I took but for me it was a calculated risk. It wasn’t a wise thing for me to do. I knew that if I started I would have seen it through but I would have hated it. So I decided I’m going to do the opposite of what everyone I knew was doing, I got a full time job and took my time, time to develop me.
During my first full time job, I realised that I can do my own thing on the side and see if it’s worth pursuing. I saved up my money, left my job and carried out 2 courses. One to become a personal trainer and the second was a sports massage course. It fit in with what I loved at that time and that was training. I thought if I can help someone enjoy training and get the body they always dreamed about and make money from it, sounded like a win win. So I completed the courses, and started working at Pure Gym. I learned a lot from that job, the difficulties of getting clients, motivating myself day in day out, knowing that earning money was down to me and no one else and to tell you truth that terrified me. I struggled a lot, I slowly started to realise that this wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t enjoy it so I quit.
I was really hard on myself, I beat myself up about quitting something I thought I would love doing. It took me a while to come to the realisation that it’s okay for things to not work out. It’s okay I didn’t enjoy it and make money from it. Life is all about trying new things, and if they don’t work out, letting them go. Picking yourself up and moving on. So that’s what I did. I found myself a full time job again, started saving up my money and took the time to work out my next steps.
I stepped outside of my comfort zone, I pursued something I thought I wanted, and when I didn’t want to do it anymore. I went back to the drawing board and started planning my next moves. If I never quit my full time job to try personal training, I would never have learned how to take a risk and fail. Failing and making mistakes plays a bigger part than succeeding sometimes. It helps us to better understand ourselves, we reflect on them then grow and move on.
I did enjoy parts of my personal training. I met a lot of great people, and I always have that skill set in my locker, if I ever needed to do something on the side. I can just refer back to my course and make it happen. So get out there start something you’re scared to do. Chances are when you do it you’ll feel so much better for trying and even if you change your mind or it doesn’t go the way you want it to. Go back to the drawing board, start again and push even harder.
So currently I’m not working and I’m taking the time to develop myself, I’m back at the drawing board stage, working out what my next moves are going to be and to be honest I am loving it! Trying to figure out what I want to become is exciting because I can mold myself into anything I want and so can you!
My current ideas are revolving around starting my own business, working on a product I would be proud to represent and share with the world, it is scary I won’t lie to you. But being scared and uncomfortable is okay, you have to get used to being uncomfortable before you get comfortable and that’s just something I’ve learned to accept. If you never take the risk you never know what could happen, so shoot your shot. Be brave and take that risk.
This blog has been a bit shorter than I normally write. But this idea came to me today and I just had to share it with you all. If you enjoyed it please like the blog and follow me down below and if you want to be e-mailed when a new blog comes out subscribe below. Go and crush this week and push yourself and get what you want and what you deserve.
‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.’T.S. Eliot