So, if you’re a writer, you’ll understand this. As I was writing my post for Fruclassity -the site I own along with Ruth from Prudence Debt Free – this week, I started to get super passionate about the subject of saving money. Before I realized it, I was issuing a challenge to readers to spend as little as they could for 30 days. That’s a good idea, I thought to myself after I’d written it.
Then I realized I couldn’t very well offer a challenge like that to our readers without committing to participating in it myself. Oh, crap. I didn’t mean it. I DIDN’T MEAN IT!
A secret you may or may not know about me is that I’m pretty good at pushing myself- within certain limits. I’m a total type-A that goes, goes, goes all the time. But there’s a strict circle around my “pushing myself” that never treads into the waters of “scary” or “highly uncomfortable”.
Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
In January of 2015, I made a commitment to delve out of that comfort zone wherever the opportunity arose. And let me tell you – it arose alright. Time and time again.I continually found myself in situations last year that challenged me to step out of every comfort zone I had on every level. Some victories brought joy – others brought tears that eventually led to joy. Although I learned so much by stepping out of my comfort zone on a regular basis, I also learned that stepping out of your comfort zone is a heck of a lot of work.
So since 2015 ended, I’ve gladly gone back into “comfort zone” thinking and pushing myself only to limits that are comfortable. I’ve made goals to ramp up my study of the Bible big time and to decrease spending even more, but only to the level that ensures my world isn’t rattled too heavily.
However, I see that I am once again being called to step out of my comfort zone with a no-spending challenge. I’ve generally avoided no-spending challenges because they bring up memories of my impoverished childhood that bring to the surface a fear I have regarding money and not having enough. I think what’s going on is that it’s time I stop fearing the lack of money, and that the spending challenge will help me do just that. But that doesn’t make it any more comfortable to face that fear and to work to overcome.
But facing your fears and discovering how they are keeping you from reaching your goals is a huge part of reaching success, no matter what the arena of goal is.
Conquer Your Fears and Achieve Success
So, my question to you is, “What hidden fears are holding you back”? What hidden messages have you been telling yourself that have subconsciously kept you from achieving all that you could achieve and want to achieve?
It’s time to break those chains and bust out of fear mode. I’m doing that via a no-spending challenge.
How will you do it? How will you make 2016 the year of great accomplishments via getting out of your comfort zone?