by Sarah Johnson
It’s time to get uncomfortable!
The saying goes, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting”!
We all love to live in our comfort zone! We feel safe and secure, everything is predictable, it minimizes uncertainty and, well, it keeps life going.
What might happen if we break through that ceiling we’ve placed on ourselves? Yes, we are comfortable-but are we living out our true potential? Have we felt purpose or meaning in our life? Have we achieved things we previously thought impossible? Have we done hard or scary things, overcame them and became something more through the struggle? Have you found your passion and true happiness in life?
If you answered “no” to any of those questions, it’s time to take a reflective trip and consider unpacking all the things that hold you back! Most of us are so afraid of rejection or failure that we convince ourselves that we aren’t good enough and we never take the chance to achieve our dreams! Here is your wakeup call: most successful people have failed way more than they’ve succeeded!
But what they didn’t do is give up! Being persistent is the key and you don’t have to take my word for it!
Take the advice from someone who has experienced more setbacks than most and yet also found tremendous success. Albert Einstein is considered a true genius and truly lived and believed that, “Failure is success in progress”. If Albert Einstein gave up after his first failure he would never have been led to win the Nobel Prize in 1921 for Physics and notably be considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan has said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
As educators, we are the model for our students. We need to show them what happens when we get uncomfortable, step out of our safe bubble and move into the growth zone where success and magic can indeed, truly be found!
It might take baby steps to get there for some, and that’s ok! Keep moving, keep pressing forward, keep trying and keep getting closer to living out your dreams!
What have you done this month to get uncomfortable? Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can share some ideas in our next newsletter!
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Visit a new place-near or far
- Learn a new skill, hobby or talent
- Try new, different and cultural foods
- Unplug, look up and enjoy the world around you
- Say yes to something you normally would decline
- Make a new friend or rekindle an old friendship
- Seek new adventures and thrills