What’s the worst that can happen?
An underused question that can fundamentally change who we are as people if we integrate it into our life.
We are conditioned to always choose the safe option. –
Let’s stay in this job and just wait it out another 3 months, because maybe the situation might change…
I’d love to take up that new sport but can you imagine how silly I’d look if I tried it and I wasn’t good at it…
I have such a cool idea for a website, but really who am I to try and create something out of my comfort zone like that…
For anything to be done, someone had to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
We’ve made habits of using pragmatism as a protective cloak.
‘Someday’ may be the most used lie in our language.
The only thing that someday promises is the regrets of unattempted dreams & goals that weren’t achieved.
This year, I promised myself to step out of my comfort zone as often as possible.
Its lead to me doing things that I truly never would have imagined:
- I tried searching for my father who I hadn’t spoken to for over 20 years
- I ran a 21km half-marathon in Europe off essentially no training
- I started this blog with absolutely no formal writing experience
- I competed in the elite Victorian State Championships for boxing after 6 months in Europe living ‘my best life’ (tongue firmly in cheek)
All these activities had been on my bucket list since I first wrote it in 2015.
For years I’d used the insidious excuse of ‘someday’ –
Dreaming about a future moment where I’d be better prepared for these challenges…
As if there was ever going to be a time I’d be prepared to run 21km (yes, it was as painful as you can imagine)
As I sat on a plane to Europe and my new home in the Netherlands in January, I was writing out my goals.
I had big objectives and I realised to achieve them, I’d have to develop into a new person that was able to step up and take these challenges.
I promised myself to take more chances & continuously step out of my comfort zone…
I learnt 2 fundamental truths from these experiences and the challenges I’ve pursued this year:
There is never a right time:
Take the leap of faith & build your wings on the way down
It’s very rare that life rolls out the red carpet and all the lights of life turn green for us to pursue our dreams. It’s up to us to take imperfect moments, see opportunities & go after them. We get too caught up in the idea of being ready, however all the greatest business people, athletes & public speakers in the world just started with a dream and then learnt their trade along the way. The pursuit of perfection can kill progress. Start now, with what we have & where we are.
We are capable of so much more than we believe:
Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits
It’s not until you’ve pushed yourself to a point that you’ve never been, do you realise that we aren’t made of glass. The human body & mind are extremely resilient. As the old saying goes – ‘You can’t beat the person who refuses to quit’. Once you’ve been to the point of quitting and proved to yourself that you can conquer whatever obstacle is in front of you, it gives you freedom in every other aspect of your life. You develop an understanding that you are capable of things that you never thought possible. It gives you the opportunity to continue trying new things, doing things that are completely left field but that make you happy – just because.
I encourage you to join with me as we change the way we think from “I can’t” to “I will”
I want to keep pushing myself to new limits.
I want to continue to conquer myself and any restricting beliefs I have so I’m able to live a life of freedom.
How often after we finally complete something that initially scared us, do we go – ‘Wow, I’m so glad I did that’
Whether it’s rock climbing, para-gliding or something as simple as trying a new activity or a sport…
I’ve never regretted trying something new and I’d prefer to fail while daring greatly than to never have tried at all.
The greatest moments in life await us at the end of our comfort zone.
I’m going to spend the rest of my life chasing after these moments.
Here’s to a future of applying for jobs I’m not qualified for, starting business projects that I know nothing about and travelling to new countries where I know not a soul.
What’s the worst that can happen?
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If you haven’t yet, please check out my first posts – Introduction: Who is Nahu, The Night I Almost Died, Are Our Lives Really That Bad, My 4 Favourite European Cities, Time Isn’t Real, Life Without a Father, Running A Half-Marathon, Stories From The Street, Filter Bubbles, The Growth Mindset & My Biggest Fear!