My mate Jo posted a film on facebook last week. She’d taken part in a project where the participants were supported from the Olympic Diver Chris Mears to face their fears and jump off the top diving board (10 meters high). I think there were 8 people who took part, they all achieved it but their struggle to take the plunge off the top board was clearly visible and at times made for difficult and emotional watching.
I try to push myself every year to do something that takes me out of my comfort zone, normally this involves an open water swim in a lake or a weekend bike ride (which is where I met Jo – the intrepid diver!). I go swimming twice a week in a pool and cycle as a means of transport, but these personal challenges are about pushing myself that bit further. Why bother? I suppose I like the challenge, I like the sense of achievement at the end, I even like it when my fingers and toes thaw out and I can tie my own shoe laces!
It’s not easy to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I’ve noticed with age that I am less willing to do this, which is probably why I make myself do at least one challenge every year! The control and decision making around these challenges sits with me, with maybe a bit of egging on from my mates! In a work situation we can be encouraged or pushed (depending on the boss) out of our comfort zones where the control and decision making doesn’t fully sit with us, if at all!
Last week was a week in my uncomfortable zone! We’d had two courses coming up for months that would push me out of my comfort zone for different reasons, dates kept getting switched around but finally were set and they both landed last week. To make it a bit worse, the first course was on my first day back after a week away and the bank holiday – arghhhhh! I’m very comfortable delivering this course to family carers and over the past few months have gained new confidence delivering the course to new audiences.