Everyone has a comfort zone. There are unspoken rules that you just can’t help but to follow. It may not seem like it but it can be beneficial to break out of that comfort zone every once in a while.
Take time to review your options and realize that the worst possible outcome may not be as bad as you think. I love to sing but I am also a perfectionist. I can not sing in front of my husband. I know he will be happy to hear any song I chose, mistakes and all, but it still takes a lot for me to loosen up and try.
Sometimes I have to stop, take a calming breath, and think about what the worst possible outcome could be: I’ll sing off key and we’ll both have a good laugh about it. The most that would happen would be that I get teased for the rest of the day about it. We usually sike ourselves out for no reason and ultimately stopping ourselves from having a good time.
It’s also important to think about the good that may come from your risks. Studies have proven that men receive more raises than women because they are more likely to ask for one. If you keep your nose to the ground and work hard everyday that’s great. But your employer may be likely to think you are satisfied with your pay and not think to increase it.
Taking the risk and leaving your comfort zone, that could be the difference between that huge Christmas bonus you wanted and no difference at all.