The key to physical, mental, and emotional growth is getting out of your comfort zone.
There have been many times in my life, when I felt stagnant. I would get complacent and depressed. It was because I wasn't growing in one (or all) of those three areas.To change this I would challenge myself to do something that would push me out of my comfort zone.
Growing up I was extremely shy.
I know it's hard to believe, but I hated talking to people. I avoided it like the plague. I was the kid who would take a zero on a paper if it meant reading it loud to the class.
To get over this I challenged myself to introduce myself to one new person a day and find out something about them. At first this was extremely difficult. My heart would pound...my voice would crack...I would feel my face grow flush. It was terrible.
By continuing to push through and being consistent with getting out of my comfort zone with meeting and talking to people daily, I eventually got over my shyness. To push the envelope even more I enrolled in acting classes in high school. That's Right Coach Epps is a Thespian!
To this day I am extremely claustrophobic.
I was tormented by bullies growing up. The older kids in the neighborhood seemed to make it their mission to seek me out and humiliate me. They called me names, stole my toys, and of course lots of @ss whoopings. I could handle being hit (and definitely gave some back), but I couldn’t handle being tackled and held down.
To me there is no scarier feeling than being powerless against someone holding you down. Unable to move or breathe…feeling helpless.
I wanted to take control back, so in high school, I enrolled in wrestling. I hated every minute of it and almost quit several times. I had panic attacks during practice. I stuck it out and learned to control my breathing and stay calm under the pressure. Eventually I started getting good at it and started winning matches. I conquered my fear, by challenging myself to do something I hated. It made me better.
That’s what I love about martial arts. It allows you to get out of your comfort zone. It empowers you physically, mentally, and emotionally. It gives you the tools to continually improve and grow.
I hope this helps!
Posted on Tue, June 14, 2016
by Jason Epps filed under