If you’d asked me this question 2 weeks ago, I would have told you that I was 100% living my best life… You couldn’t have found a happier version of me!
In the last 12 months I’ve done a lot of soul searching and a helluva lot of changing… I went from crazy party girl with a somewhat dangerous binge drinking habit who sought attention from men in order to feel valued… and turned it around to where I am now: fulltime employee for a great business, part time entrepreneur working on a side hustle I’m super passionate about, totally in love with a man who continues to drive me in the right direction every day, a much healthier mind and body (I’ve even developed two abs haha) and an overall better version of ME.
I thought I’d already achieved the life I’d dreamed of. But, no.
I decided join my partner on a fitness retreat in Bali this week… knowing full well that while my training has been regular and consistent it wouldn’t even begin to prepare me for what was coming… 6 days of intense training, 4x sessions daily. I know right… bloody insane!
But here I am, 6 days in! Feeling super proud and obviously super sore.
It was day 3 when my partner found me crying in our hotel room. The exhaustion and self-doubt had really got to me. I was feeling embarrassed that I wasn’t as good as everyone else, I was feeling vulnerable, self-conscious about everything (no makeup, constantly sweating, hair not done, too hot to exercise with shirts on) and just completely out of my comfort zone. Something I realised during this mini meltdown was that we’re pretty good at surrounding ourselves with things we’re good at. We go through life doing things we know we can do… we go work and do the roles we know so well, we hang out with people who make us feel comfortable, we wear clothes that make us feel good, we go the restaurants and cafes we know and love. Every now and then we challenge ourselves – maybe we lift heavier at the gym, go to an event or party where we don’t know many people or try new restaurants and/or tasks at work. But for the most part we stay safely within our comfort zone.
I have spent the last 5 days completely out of my comfort zone and what I’ve learnt is:
- Its ok to be bad at things
- You really don’t know how strong your mind is until you’ve left your comfort zone
- In order to know your limit’s you must reach a point where you fail and try again
- Don’t compare yourself to others… or if you do make sure you acknowledge why they’re in a better position and why you’re not
- Change really does happen when you spend time outside of your comfort zone
I know for sure that when I get back to Perth I’ll continue my fitness journey with 10x more enthusiasm than ever before…. I want to keep improving and making myself proud. But mentally I’ve realised that I’ve got so much more in the tank… it’s time to take the parts of my life that I’ve become complacent in and give them a real shake up!
What will YOU do to get out of your comfort zone?
How much more do you have in the tank?
Are you really living life to its fullest potential?