You are not alone for looking on how to have a breakthrough and stepping out of your comfort zone. We all want the secret recipe of achieving and designing a life of our own choosing. We dream about being more and having more. We watch one webinar after the other. Or we spent hours on Pinterest creating boards of a life we envision but then it’s crickets. The problem is you are not moving forward.  You are stuck in your comfort zone.

As an introvert and don’t have a problem spending time alone. I enjoy being at home listening to audio books or watch reruns of old TV shows. The issue is that it leaves me disconnected and does not allow me to push my boundaries. Here is what I noticed, every time I went out and did something, I had to step out of my comfort zone.
To step out of your comfort zone, you must do these three actions!

Challenge yourself

You must challenge yourself! You will learn what is stopping you from moving forward. This will help you be aware where you need to grow and what you need to challenge. One of my biggest challenges is being social with friends, family, and other entrepreneurs. A few months ago, I went out to go ballroom dancing.  It didn’t enjoy the experience because it was too emotional.

Keep Trying

Even though my social dance event left me raw, I know that I must keep on trying. Quitting or not doing something never seems an option for me. Recently I went hiking with strangers on our beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. What helped me this time, knew at least one person.
I know that I will go dancing again but with a friend in tow! Having support in various situations is okay!

Acknowledge what you have done

When we step out of our comfort zone, we go through different emotional experiences. Some of them are difficult, while others are more enjoyable. Both need my acknowledgment that I made the effort!

I know I am a little bit awkward when it comes to meeting new people. Once I know a person, the awkwardness subsides after some time. My breakthrough was realizing that my social awkwardness comes from different experiences.  As an introvert and empath, I retreat to solitude to preserve energy. As a foster child, I was just awkward trying to fit in. Since I have put those pieces together, I can handle social situations with ease.

Challenging yourself isn’t easy but you can do it – especially when you have support in place. The Gathering is a community that will support you and help you go to the next level. You don’t have to look any longer on how to have a breakthrough and stepping out of your comfort zone.

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Create the Life You Want + Make an Impact while you're at it!

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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