KHALIQ: come out of your comfort zone by volunteering

Stepping out of your comfort zone, you have heard it many times. 

What does it mean? When we become used to of something, it means it has become part of our comfort zone. It is not easy to come out of comfort zone all the time. 

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Comfort zone is like a magnet, it pulls us back, but we should try to pull ourselves away from it. I always tell my international students that one of the best things in life that is happening to you right now is that you are living independent, making your own decisions and getting to know yourself. 

Ever single minute you are challenged to learn or try something new. The moment you are back in comfort zone, learning stops from the many experiences that life can teach you.  

One of the easiest and less embarrassing ways to come out of your comfort zone is volunteering. Nobody will be upset with you because you made a mistake. You will feel very good about yourself because you are helping someone in need, being productive, networking and learning many new skills. Volunteering could be as small as having a listening ear or stapling documents. You will certainly meet people on your way who will guide you on your path by holding your hands. You will find your direction, but only if you are ready to come out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. 

I will share my personal experience with you. When Dawson Creek Mirror asked me to write columns in the newspaper, I thought who is going to read them. I doubted myself multiple times before writing my first column. 

It took me literally 4 hours to write 400 words, and then I thought what’s the worse can happen. Let’s give it a try. And I honestly, cannot tell you how many times people have complimented me on my articles. It only happened because I decided to take a risk and jump out of my comfort zone. I am just sharing my experiences with you for food of thought. Sacrifices have to be made to achieve your goals. 

In life, you only deserve to get what reflects the work you put in.  Life is what you make up. It is not smooth. It has some bright and rainy days. During rainy days, you can sit, over think, cry and blame others. Or you can think of the worse situation, find out its solution and move on with your life.  The decision is in your hands. 

Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.


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