We’ve all heard the question, “What’s your biggest fear?” Whether you suffer from common fears such as arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, or claustrophobia, the fear of small spaces, fear is something we all have in common. When it comes to facing those fears, it can be hard to look at them head-on. But what if what scares you the most is holding you back from opportunities or even yourself? VALLEY’s here to explain the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone and taking steps towards facing your fears.
Taking steps towards facing your fears
The tagline “face your fears” isn’t for everyone, especially those with fears that are considered severe or even life-threatening. But for those looking to step outside their comfort zone, there are many tips and tricks in order to face your fears and potentially overcome them. Whether it’d be finding the courage to speak in front of a large crowd or even skydiving, sometimes taking small steps before facing your fears head on can help you achieve your goal.
An article from PSYCOM suggests that taking small steps such as being kind to yourself and appreciating your own courage can have a big impact on achieving your goal. Other steps, according to an article from Verywell Mind, such as evaluating the pros and cons of facing your fears can help you consider what you might achieve or an opportunity you might be missing.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone
Sometimes, the best things in life are found outside your comfort zone. The moments when we try new things, take risks or even face your fears are often the ones you remember the most. The ultimate goal is to live life to the fullest. Facing your fears and taking those steps outside of your comfort zone can lead to an endless amount of possibilities along with a lot of benefits.
According to an article from Care2 Healthy Living, facing your fears can help you improve your mental health. The article suggests that doing something that scares you can help you become more aware of yourself and help you overcome your own vulnerabilities and insecurities. The article also suggests that when facing your fears your body releases chemicals such as adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine, which leave you in a good and accomplished mood.
Gaining new experiences and opportunities
In a video by Yes Theory, a YouTube channel dedicated towards stepping outside of your comfort zone, Yes Theory asks random strangers what their biggest fear is and if they would be willing to face it with them.
When they ask a college student to face his fear of heights, he says the best way to face your fears is to “push forward and see what happens,” which led to an amazing experience they could only describe using the phrase “it’s everything.”
As Michael Scott once famously quoted, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Each day is a new opportunity to challenge yourself to experience the world around you. Allow yourself to face your fears, be open to new experiences and seize the opportunities that come along. You never know who you’ll meet, the things you’ll learn or the memories you’ll make.