Don’t Let Self-Doubt Hold You Back
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There is a saying that goes “if your dreams aren’t scary, they’re not big enough.” But, how many of you reading this can honestly say that you don’t operate in your own defined comfort zone? That you don’t take the ‘easy route’? We are all guilty of it, but it’s only when we push ourselves that we find out what we are really capable of and just how strong we are. There are so many incredible activities that we can all enjoy, including those with disabilities and social anxiety, yet we don’t push ourselves to do so. You could be missing out on reaching your full potential, and that in itself is a great shame.
What stops us from reaching our full potential?
It all comes down to fear and self-doubt. We are afraid that we won’t be able to do something, or that we will look stupid in the process. But, truly, what’s the worst that can happen? You will find that the only person that feels this way is you; no one else. Instead of fearing that you can’t, start believing that you can. Of course, this is something that applies to people in all walks of life! We can all achieve more.
Reasons to push yourself
Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” If you take the shackles off and break out of your comfort zone, there is so much you will gain. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Achieve happiness and peace
- Feel great about yourself
- Have fun and enjoy new experiences
- Become self-sufficient
- Become mentally and physically healthier
- Attain knowledge and awareness
- Have incredible experiences to share with others
- Grow as an individual
- Show other people that it is possible to do new things
How to challenge yourself
Now that you are ready to push yourself and enjoy greater challenges, we have some great activities to help you get started. In this section, we are going to take a look at some of the adrenaline-filled activities out there for all people to enjoy, including those with disabilities who may assume they cannot participate in such activities.
Kite surfing is great for anyone that is looking for an adrenaline rush. This is an activity that involves riding on a modified surfboard while also holding onto a kite that has been specially designed, using the wind for propulsion. You may be reading this thinking ‘how can I possibly go kite surfing?’ Well, you can! There are a number of kite schools throughout the country that have adapted their approach to ensure you get to make the most of this fun activity. There are disability kite schools that have access to a specialist motorised beach wheelchairs, which gives users the ability to get to areas they otherwise would not be able to. Plus, companies like this do not only provide kite surfing, but other activities include landboarding, buggying, and power kiting, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to challenge yourself and try something new.
Sky Diving or Wind Tunnel Sky Diving
Do you ever watch people fall through the sky on TV and think ‘I wish I could do that’? Most people do, yet there are those who push themselves, and their life becomes more fulfilled for doing so. There are two options you have available: wind tunnel sky diving and sky diving. A lot of people start off with the former, and then move onto the real deal. The great thing about wind tunnel sky diving is that you can do it on your own or you can do it in pairs, so you can enjoy the experience with a friend or family member. For five minutes, you will experience free-fall at 120 mph. There are companies that offer such activities and make them available for those who are visually impaired, hard of hearing or death, or have restrictions with regards to arm or leg movement.
Paragliding is an activity that everyone should experience. There is nothing quite as majestic as watching the world below from the peace of the skies.
So far, our activities have either been in the sky or on top of water, but what about submerging underneath it and witnessing incredible marine life? Scuba Trust is an incredible organisation that organises scuba diving holidays abroad for those with disabilities. From Grenada and Oman, to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, they have organised scuba diving trips in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. Talk about an experience of a lifetime! There is also Scuba Travel; a company whereby you can book scuba diving holidays. The company works with a number of organisations that make the underwater world accessible to all people. Other firms to try include Dive Ability and Handicapped Scuba Association.
Don’t feel ready for such adrenaline-filled activities just yet?
Don’t panic; there is no need to dive straight in at the deep end. Instead, why not start off with something tamer, but just as fun? From horse riding to joining a drama club, the options are endless. Remember, it’s all about you, and what you enjoy the most. If you dream of being the next Julia Roberts or Tom Hanks, give acting classes a whirl. If you love animals, embrace activities that allow you to get closer to them. Perhaps you want to join a sports club? From wheelchair basketball to tennis, the options are endless. Remove the shackles you’ve placed on yourself, and start having some fun. Did you know that Mars Chocolate UK was awarded £1m worth of broadcaster’s commercial airtime for developing a campaign that had diversity and disability at the heart of it? While joining a drama club may initially be for a bit of enjoyment, it doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for you at the end of it.
Let this advice help you in other walks of life
While the suggestions mentioned above mainly revolve around physical barriers, there are a lot of people who allow self-doubt to take over and it is a mental block. They worry about being awkward or they are scared to interact with others. There are then those going through recovery, which is what this site assists with. Yes, making friends and trying different activities can be a scary process, but you should not let this hold you back. Once you step out of your comfort zone for the first time, it will only get easier and easier. Plus, nowadays, thanks to the Internet, there are lots of great forums whereby you can talk to people who are in the same position as you.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to really embrace life and make the most of what it has to offer you. Start stepping outside of your comfort zone today, and enjoy a more fulfilling future. Once you have tried one of the activities mentioned above, we guarantee you won’t want to stop!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. There are no affiliate links in this post. All thoughts are my own and no other. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.