Challenge Your Comfort Zone

I think that most of us underestimate our capabilities and are resigned to believe that our DNA sets a boundary restricting the possibilities we’re able to pursue in our lives. This is fueled by the self-limiting belief that trying something   outside of our supposed, hard-wired comfort zone is destined to end in failure.

guitar_playerHow often have you heard a friend or colleague say that, for example, they’d like to pursue learning to play a musical instrument, but they’re not from a “musical” family; or that they’d like to attempt public speaking but come from a background of shy people. I often refer to this as the “I couldn’t possibly do that” syndrome.

Really? An architect who has never even touched a piano key can’t become a piano player?

So much of what we’ve summarily dismissed as possible in our lives is often well within our wheelhouse if we’d just simply try. What’s to lose? Afraid you’ll make a fool of yourself? I’ve never known anyone who hasn’t survived a bout of embarrassment.

If you find that something you’ve never done but may want to pursue is consistently circulating within your dreamscape, just go for it. The worst that will happen is that you’ll determine that it’s just not for you, but if you conclude otherwise and keep trying, you’ll likely get better and better at it. In which case, you’ll then know it’s possible.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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