Expanding Your Comfort Zone – Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

One of the best things that horsemanship has taught me is how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Since I took up the study of horsemanship as an adult, I have found myself in many situations where I am not comfortable. These moments of discomfort have been anywhere from learning how to put on a halter to cinching up a saddle. From riding a mechanical bull to learning how to pick up a left lead on a canter. And, I have to say that I was pretty frightened the first time I swung a leg over the back of the first colt I started.

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In each one of these situations, I was either embarrassed, confused, frustrated, afraid, or a combination of all of them. But, I had intentionally stepped outside my comfort zone, even though it was often with an instructor offering me a little push. Before I started learning about horses, I had carved out a life in which I was pretty comfortable most of the time in my work, in my home life, in the way I played. But, since I was a complete novice when it came to horses, everything was new and every situation was outside my comfort zone.
 
As I accomplished new tasks and survived what seemed like scary situations, my comfort zone grew. I became more comfortable in, around, and on horses. I realized that the only way for me to grow was by pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.

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The best part is that I have grown to the point where I look for situations that put me outside my comfort zone. I want to learn more, and I know it requires that I put myself in uncomfortable situations. When I realize I am getting tense or afraid in a new situation, I find myself saying. “Cool. Let’s go. I know I am about to learn something.”
 
More than being comfortable with being uncomfortable, I find I like being in that zone, because I know the payoff will be worth it.