How to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

          In a recent Instagram post, I got personal about my journey with being uncomfortable. Forbes tells us that being uncomfortable is a major key to success. Conquering challenges outside of our comfort zones improves performance, creativity, and learning habits. If you’re like me, you like to be in control. 

My twenties have shown me that everything doesn’t always go to plan and a little flexibility goes a long way. The growth you have been looking for is outside of your comfort zone but how do you take the plunge?

1.    Just Start

I know you’ve heard it a hundred times. Just do it. That Youtube channel? Do it. The blog or business you want to start? Do it! Jump in and commit to your dreams! One of my favorite quotes says “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have always imagined.” You won’t know everything going into your passion and that's okay, you’ll learn. Don't count yourself out before you even start. Plunge into your passion!

2.    Do Things OUTSIDE of your Comfort Zone

If you happen to be introverted go to networking functions, put yourself out there! Extroverts, maybe you can take more time for yourself to flesh out any creative ideas. Learn a new language, travel to a new place where nobody knows you, do something to get out of your comfort zone. This year brought many challenges in my personal and professional life. Those challenges also brought growth.

 I told myself after I co-hosted a networking event that I would not do anything else outside my comfort zone! I lied. I left the retail industry after almost 10 years and started my marketing career. I curated and co-hosted that event I mentioned which, scared the crap out of me. It ended up being a major success (more on that later). I even stepped out of my comfort zone doing this photoshoot in a sunflower field. Fun fact: I am terrified of bees. There was a lot of screaming and running, but I got the flicks! There’s a major lesson to be learned when stepping out of your comfort zone: YOU WILL GROW!

3.    Acknowledge your Progress

Make S.M.A.R.T goals and track your progress! Check-in with yourself or a mentor to see how your efforts are helping you reach your goals. Finally, celebrate that progress and keep pushing! I mentioned to y’all that I had a family member tell me they wanted me to "pat myself on the back more." When they said that it shocked me because I thought I was good at acknowledging my progress. Turns out, I am my worst critic! That same family member asked me how I felt about my life now, compared to a year ago. That’s when it dawned on me. From last year to this current year, I’ve grown to a new mental, spiritual, and emotional level. I needed to take the time to recognize the growth to appreciate the process.

Embrace being uncomfortable! Even if you start small, start. We have 5 whole months left until the end of the year. Make them count. If you still need some encouragement to get up and do something, here is one of my favorite Ted Talks by Luvvie Ajayi. This Ted Talk had me dusting myself off so quick, so I know it will encourage you too.

Let me know in the comments, what do you think is the hardest part about being uncomfortable?


  1. Angelica,
    Loved the post!

    As someone who would like to be in control of everything, the hardest part about being uncomfortable and taking leaps of faith is not knowing what the outcome will be. I'm working on relinquishing control and trusting that my work speaks for itself and everything that's supposed to happen, will.

  2. Paisley,
    Thanks so much! It means a lot.

    That was perfectly put and you know I can identify with that as well. Trusting the process takes practice but it's so worth it.

  3. This is very inspiring. Thank you for this wisdom. You have planted a seed.