Comfort zones are nice. We can all picture our comfort zone where things are easy, we feel in control, and the fears in our head are relatively quiet. But the sad truth is that there is no personal growth in this place. We must push ourselves out of these comfort zones to experience growth and become better.
No matter what you are pursuing or what your craft is, make sure you don’t stay in a comfort zone for long. Find a new edge, and push yourself along that edge. Inevitably, we will fail here at this edge. And that’s the whole point. It’s hard, we don’t quite feel ready for it, and we aren’t good here yet. But the key word is yet, and working outside of that comfort zone is where growth happens.
Expose yourself to fears and get outside your comfort zone. When you push yourself to this growth zone, remember this acronym for fear: False Expectations Appearing Real. We worry about expectations such as “I will never be good at this” or “If I was talented I would already be good at this”, but these aren’t factual thoughts. Anyone who is courageous enough to put in the work on the edge will grow and get better at those skills, it just takes time and commitment.
At Peak workouts, we try to push athletes outside of their comfort zone, but it is actually a choice the athlete must make. It’s the individual’s choice to compete on that edge where you aren’t quite successful yet, but giving the effort to get better (and yes, it’s uncomfortable and scary). As a basketball player, you want to live on that edge every day, because there, you will get better faster.
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