3 Ways to find comfort OUTSIDE of your comfort zone!

I was still a little teary when I walked up to Sherry at the Westjet check-in desk at the Calgary airport on Monday evening.

 

After I explained I had just said goodbye and was starting my Remote Year adventures, she must have felt for me, as she didn’t charge me anything for my baggage being slightly overweight!

 

I’m now in Mexico City, the first stop on my Remote Year, where I’ll be living for the next month.

 

It hasn’t totally hit me yet.

 

Not sure I know exactly what I’m getting myself into… and as ready and excited as I am, it’s also a little bit uncomfortable, I’m not going to lie!

 

It’s a new city, new language, new culture.

 

The currency is different, the roads are different, the routine is different.

 

I didn’t know anyone before I arrived, and now I’ve met just about every one of the 79 ‘Remotes’ (as they refer to us!) in this cohort, as well as a few locals, and lots of friendly uber drivers (YES, they have uber here, thank goodness!)

 

I’m living in a cute little apartment with a new roommate, and commute to the communal workspace every day, about a 25 minute walk away.

 

I’ve only been here a few days, and so it’s expected not everything is going to feel comfortable. But then again, any time we’re out of our comfort zone we’re going to be uncomfortable.

 

And yet, it’s outside of our comfort zones where the magic happens, where the game of life truly gets played, and where you find yourself really growing.

 

Here are three things you can do to find a little more comfort within the discomfort:

 

  1. Feel it out, and talk it out.

 

Allow yourself to fully experience what you’re feeling. It’s important to go through it, to feel all the emotions. And then find someone you trust who you can talk to about it. Share your feelings, get them out.

 

  1. Reflect on past times you were uncomfortable, and identify your successes.

 

Take some time to identify some of your past accomplishments, or other times in your life when you were experiencing similar feelings. What did you do to get through them? Celebrate your achievements, and acknowledge yourself for getting through uncomfortable times in the past, knowing you will again this time.

 

  1. Do something that lights you up, and shift your focus away from yourself

 

When I was having a moment yesterday, I decided to get out and join a few people for lunch. Meeting other people, and hearing their stories, allowed me to focus on something other than myself and how I was feeling. And because connecting with others and good conversation makes me happy, I felt totally different afterwards!

 

 

This year, I’m committed to walking my walk and getting out of my comfort zone. However that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy!

 

So when you find yourself in a place of discomfort, talk it out, reflect on past successes, and do something that lights you up.

 

And remember, Life is not supposed to be comfortable when you’re out of your comfort zone. (Click to tweet it out!)

 

Have a FAB week!

Carol - high res

 

 

 

P.S. It’s not even a week into the New Year! Still LOTS of time to think about what you may want to create in 2017! Join my FREE Live Online Training entitled ‘Intentions, Resolutions, and Goals, Oh MY!’ on Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 7pm EST!

 

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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  1. carol donaghy says

    Hi Carol. We met in Florida at the IAAP conference. You and Rhonda joined Lina and I one evening. I lam so looking forward to hearing all about your experience. You are one brave woman.

    • admin says

      Carol, you are too kind! Of course I remember you… and I’m so pleased you’re eager to follow my experiences! I look forward to staying connected this year :-). P.S. Great name!

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