Continually stretching myself beyond my comfort zone has aided in so very much growth over the past few years. Sure, it's uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing, sometimes downright terrifying. BUT I can tell you it's been oh-so-worth it every single time.
I've become pretty adept at taking on bigger and bigger challenges so my current challenges seem like "no big deal" comparatively. I'm driven to push through my current limitations, not content to settle, always wondering how I can do bigger and better.
And in case you're wondering, it's no longer out of discontent or disdain for myself. Growing up, I was taught shame. I think so many of us are in one way or another -- to be shameful of our bodies, the way we think, the way we look, the things we do. We're so desperate to identify and belong and be like those around us, we internalize that different = bad, rather than embracing our flaws, our uniqueness, our quirks, and the things that make each of us individuals.
It's been a long road, untangling all the knots of assumptions I believed to be true about myself and about life in general. The thoughts that I'm not good enough, not strong enough, unworthy of love unless I got everything just right. I'm learning to Just Say No To Perfectionism. I'm alright just the way I am. I'm unique and not meant to fit in. I'm my own person with my own life path and no longer have time to waste comparing myself to anyone else. And I want to help others feel alright about themselves, too!
MY MESSAGE TO EVERYONE: You are unique. Embrace your flaws. Change the habits you dislike or that no longer serve you, but not out of shame or disdain. Instead, do it because you're free to change at will with that first step outside your comfort zone. I promise, it's not so scary as it seems. :)
It wasn't until I became wholly uncomfortable with the limitations of my so-called comfort zone that I finally ventured outside it and found that it really wasn't quite so frightening after all. You can too!!
This week, in my Fitness With Friends group, we've taken a pledge to NOT compare ourselves in any way, shape or form with anyone or anything else. Join us for ongoing challenges, motivation and accountability!
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