What challenges you? Maybe it is a long run or a race, or hiking a mountain. Or starting a biz or a new job, asking someone out on a date. Maybe it is taking a class or going back to school. It could be doing something new and outside of your comfort zone.
Challenging oneself promotes growth for not only yourself, but for others too.
When I look back over my life and notice where I have grown the most, it has been going through experiences that were super uncomfortable and the most challenging.
I look back at the many adventures I have been on such as hiking, backpacking, camping and travel and there were many times I was challenged. Weather patterns are unpredictable and travel plans can change on a dime when flights get cancelled. I’ve fallen many times, literally, and had to pick myself up and keep going. I love the challenge of a long hike, a river crossing or a run. My adventures typically brought a new level of confidence, a belief in myself that I can overcome obstacles and total excitement in doing something I was unsure I could do.
For the past year I flew into NYC one a weekend a month for my Life Coaching and Leadership training program and graduated and certified in July. This program was designed to be confronting and challenging to create transformation. The past 12 months were transformative, life altering and empowering on so many levels. Not to mention many of my relationships have been transformed.
I love being a business owner and I have been for the past 13 years or so. It has been the most exciting, life changing, challenging, and empowering experience. Many times I have wanted to quit and have had to commit and recommit over an over again. I have also reinvented my therapy business and also added a second business of Life and Career Coaching to add more challenge and growth.
For the past year and half I have worked with a life and career coach. I have been challenged, pushed out of my comfort zone and called out on my own BS stories getting in my way. If I am supporting others to create amazing lives, I need to be doing my own work!
So here is my challenge to you:
Do something within the next seven days that forces you OUT of your Comfort Zone, even if it scares you. Take witness to who you inspire and provide learning along the way. I’d love to hear how your growth empowers others! Because undeniably, it will.
Life and Leadership Coach, Licensed Counselor, outdoor enthusiast, yoga lover and passionate about wellness.