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  • Writer's pictureMette Bloch

Embracing Challenge: The Key to Personal Growth

For many, trying something new can be an unnerving experience. The uncertainty, the fear of the unknown, and the dread of failure can often deter us from stepping outside our comfort zones. Yet, it is important to remember that by challenging ourselves, by embracing the unfamiliar, we can grow and develop as individuals. So, how can we counteract our natural aversion to novelty and the unknown?

Here are three actionable tips on how you can start challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone:

1. Start Small Try something new, but start with small steps. You don't need to revolutionize your life all at once. If you want to become better at public speaking, for instance, you could start by joining a local speaking club (Toastmasters is a good place to start!) instead of signing up to be the keynote speaker at a major conference. By taking small, manageable steps, the new and unfamiliar will quickly become more familiar and less daunting.

2. Embrace Failure and Learn from It Remember that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. We've all made mistakes at some point, and we will all make more in the future. But rather than fearing failure, you should embrace it. View mistakes as an opportunity to learn, to improve, to grow. Incorporate your failures into your experiences and use them to bolster your future endeavors. When I started rowing, I couldn't stay in the boat. I worked for at whole summer to learn the skill, and when I finally made it, I knew I was ready for my next failures. Every time you try really hard, you risk failure. But failure is one of the stepping stones to greatness and uniqueness.

3. Seek Support from Your Network When facing something new and intimidating, having someone by your side can be a tremendous help. Don't be afraid to share your challenges with your friends, family, or colleagues. They can provide you with support, encouragement, and the necessary nudge to take the leap. So, the next time you face a new challenge, remember that it's perfectly normal to feel nervous or uncertain. But instead of retreating, try embracing the new, learn from your mistakes, and seek support from those around you. By doing so, not only will you grow as an individual, but you may also uncover aspects of yourself you didn't even know you had.

Life is about exploring, learning, and growing. So take the leap, step out of your comfort zone, and see where it takes you. Share a failure that you wouldn't be without, one that taught you more than you would have known without it.

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