Comfort Zone Challenges – The Boxing Gym

This is my first challenge. And as of now, I think I’m just going to leave my boxing days behind and stick to a regular gym. Today wasn’t about signing up for a lifelong hobby, I am more than comfortable doing that. But rather, throwing myself into a situation in alien terrain. (Being in a confined space with 30 sweaty men who want to punch my head).

But all jokes aside, this was an uncomfortable experience for me. For a few reasons:

  1. I was flying solo.
  2. I’ve never been boxing or had a fight in my life
  3. And I forgot to take my water bottle…

So What Happened?

The moment I got through the door I knew I was in trouble. Immediately it became apparent that everyone had a partner. And I hadn’t even signed up yet. But that did not deter me. I was resolute to see this through. So I go into the changing room, put my gear on, pack my stuff away and head out to wait with the rest of the boxers.

Now I’m in the lion’s den. I’m tightly packed in a small hallway with a group of boxers and we’re all waiting for the group before us to finish their warm down so we could take the floor. At this point, I’m just standing there by myself, listening in on the conversations around me when I hear one guy say “I really can’t wait to practice [insert kick here]” And then I realized. This wasn’t the boxing group I was stood with. It was the kickboxing group. The boxing group was warming up in front of me, not warming down.

Now I’ve got three choices:

  • Try and join the warmup.
  • Stay silent, head up to kickboxing and try to act like I belong.
  • Stand awkwardly on the sidelines and wait for the warmup to be over.

Luckily before I have to make my decision, I spot someone I know, my old boss. She tells me to jump into the warm-up unaware, and to be honest, I still don’t know if she was just goading me on or trying to help. However, I don’t have to make the decision. I’m saved by the bell and the warm-up ends, and I slide in like the slippery snake I am.

I slither into the training area and I get told to try and find a sparring partner. Obviously, everyone around me has already partnered up, so I end up with someone who quite clearly doesn’t want to be my partner. We do our first exercise trying to punch each other’s shoulders and he keeps nailing me. But I also got a few hits in.

What Happened Next…

After this, the trainer asks me if this is my first session. I tell him it is and he moves me to a separate ring and I get trained with two more beginners. The training is pretty normal, learning how to stand, position your weight etc. And all I’m thinking is “great now I’m with other people who are the same level as me.”

The only problem, there’s 3 of us, and the other two partner up. And the guy I end up getting partnered with has 6 inches on me and is twice as muscular. He absolutely wails on me. He asked me multiple times if he was being too hard, but I thought this was some sort of initiation test and I wasn’t about to crack, so I tell him “Nah I barely notice it..”. Big mistake. This guy basically knocks me around for the rest of the hour. And I barely land a punch on him, because I’ve never hit anybody before and I didn’t want to hurt him.

The Warm Down

The “warm down” was even harder. It was just pure cardio. Let me just say that I’m in pretty good shape, or at least I thought I was. Because this warm down absolutely killed me. The first thing we had to do was 10 pressups run 15 feet to the other side of the room and do 10 burpees and then back to do the same thing. But only 9 then 8. And you ALSO had a partner that couldn’t leave until you were finished. So not only was I one of the SLOWEST people doing this. At this point, I haven’t had a drink, so I’m also one of the THIRSTIEST.

I tried to hold out for as long as I can. Because I don’t want to look like a bitch. But after I get to 8 left, I just need a drink and I tell him “sorry mate, we’re coming in last, I NEED a drink” he just laughs and waits for me. And when I get back the next warm down is even weirder. We basically have to leapfrog over each other. It sounds easy but at this point, I am SO tired, I can’t quite make it over this guy. So I keep dragging my nuts across his head every time I jump over him.

And that was the last warm down I had to do, the rest was history. All that was left was going into the changing rooms and getting greeted by loads of dicks and and heading home, where I am now sat aching away.

How Did This Help?

For one of my first comfort zone challenges, I thought I better start strong. While some people might find doing this easy it definitely made me feel uncomfortable. But after doing this I sort of learned that people are going to be friendly even if you are slowing them down.

I also got the reminder that nothing is as bad as you make it out to be in your head. When I got there I was way less nervous than before. And once I knew I couldn’t bottle it and had to stay, well I’m pretty sure at one point I actually enjoyed it.

I’m definitely going to use this experience as a building block to build upon.

My next comfort zone challenge is going to be recording my first youtube video! Where you can watch me talk about this story AND find out a little bit about me and why I’m doing these 30 challenges!

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Comfort Zone Quotes – 20 Mobile Wallpapers

Life has so much to offer YOU. But YOU have to be the one to go out and get it. These comfort zone quotes were made to inspire you. Download them to your mobile and take them with you wherever you go. I want these comfort zone quotes to change your life and when you’re in times of internal conflict. I hope they push you to do the hard thing. So check out these 9 Comfort Zone Quotes and see what one you like most:

Comfort Zone Quotes For Your Mobile

 

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there”

Remember, that while you are comfortable and relaxed in your comfort zone, you shouldn’t stay there for too long. Because everything you are ever going to learn, the only way you are ever going to grow as a person and the only way you’re going to live a truly amazing life is by stepping out of your comfort zone. Out of all the comfort zone quotes, remember this one when you feel like you haven’t tried anything new in a while and you need to take your next big step.

 

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done”

I love this one. It’s a constant reminder that everything you have in your life is because of things you’ve already done. If you want something new, you’re going to have to do something new. When I started this blog I wanted to change the world. The only way I could do this was by learning everything. At first, I had no idea what I was doing and it made me uncomfortable. But if you do this every day eventually you’re going to find that the things that used to be uncomfortable are normal now! And that over time you will accomplish all your dreams.

 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

How true is this?! Do you find yourself always holding back? Never really trying anything new in life because of fear that you might not be able to do it? Or maybe it’s worrying about what other people think of you! Well if this sounds like you then use these comfort zone quotes as a reminder that you need to step outside your comfort zone to really live an amazing life!

 

“Are you really happy? Or just comfortable”

It’s important to remind yourself this every once in a while. So many times you can get stuck in a routine where you are comfortable and not happy. You’ll normally be able to tell because even though your life seems good on the outside, you still just feel like there’s something missing. Remember, you don’t have to settle with just being comfortable. You deserve to go after what’s going to make you happy. And the only way you’re going to do that is by stepping out of your comfort zone!

Check out these 10 tips on escaping your comfort zone and living the life you deserve!

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If you’re serious about leaving your comfort zone then you should definitely check out this video!

  

“You are only confined by the walls you build yourself”

This should be one of your all-time favourite comfort zone quotes! This is SO true it is unreal. And the more you step out of your comfort zone, the more you succeed, the more you will realise how true it is. Because you are capable of more than you know right now. If you think something is impossible it’s because you’ve told yourself that it is. You’ve built those walls around yourself. And you want to know how to break them? By just getting started! By starting small. If you have a mammoth task to tackle break it down into easily manageable chunks! And just focus on one chunk at a time!

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone Mug
Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone Mug

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”

What sort of change do you want in your life? It could be a better job, better body or better relationships. Either way, do you think you’re going to get there by not challenging yourself? And do you think you’re going to see any serious change if you don’t have to do things that are difficult? If you do, then good luck to you. But for most people, it’s going to take some serious challenges and overcoming a lot of obstacles to change into the person you need to be to acquire the things that you want. But it is possible! And you should welcome this challenge because it’s what strengthens you!

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 “What we fear doing most is often what we most need to do”

What is it that scares you? I think after reading these amazing comfort zone quotes you’re beginning to realise that the thing that scares you is the thing that you need to do. Who you want to be is behind that fear. And the only way to overcome that fear is by acting on it. By overcoming it! So next time you really want to do something, but you let fear stop you, remember this quote. Because not only do you need to do what you fear most, but the person you want to become is behind what you fear most!

“Push your boundaries”

It doesn’t matter if you push them 100% or 1% just push your boundaries a little bit every day! By pushing your boundaries every day you are going to step out of your comfort zone a little bit more every day. And over time this is going to add up to make a BIG difference in your life!

“Great things never came from comfort zones”

And last but not least, definitely just as important as the other comfort zone quotes is to remember that nothing great is ever found in your comfort zone. You’re not going to get that body you want by staying in your comfort zone. Or the job that you want. Or the girl or boy that you want. The only way you’re going to get any of these things is by taking control of your life and stepping outside of your comfort zone!

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

How often do you find yourself stepping out of your comfort zone? Can you honestly remember the first time you did something completely new? The first time you were a complete beginner at something? If not then it’s probably high time that you did. If you’ve got something you want to do but up until now you’ve been giving yourself reasons not too, then stop making excuses! Today you can try something for the first time again.

“Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die.”

A bit of a morbid thought, but unfortunately it’s necessary to remember. Everybody dies but not everybody lives. Don’t stay in the coffin which is your comfort zone. Because when you’re old and you look back on your life you’re going to regret never taking chances in your life.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. mug
Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone Mug

“We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone” – Roy T Bennett

What I love about this comfort zone quote is it reminds you never to pretend that you don’t want something. There have been times in my life I’ve acted like I didn’t want to do something because I was scared how I’d look if I failed. If you’re doing this too then you need to STOP! This is no way to live your life. And believe me, when you go after everything you want, doors are going to open in your life that you didn’t even know were there.

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right”

When you’re thinking about doing something new in your head, stop thinking about all the things that can go wrong! I know this is especially hard if you’re a worrier. But when you think about all the positive things that are going to happen, you start to get excited and more confident. Actually, it’s so much better to think about all the positives because with the courage that you are going to succeed you are more likely to!

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great” – Steve Prefontaine

If things are going good in your life but you know that you deserve more! Then go after it. I’m not saying quit your job to follow your dream of becoming an actor or anything like that. But start doing things on the side. You’re not here to work a job 5 days a week for 2 days off! That’s a pretty lousy trade for time in my opinion.

“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end.” – Manoj Arora

This is one of the comfort zone quotes which sums up exactly what it’s going to be like when you step out of your comfort zone! You’re literally going to have no idea what you’re doing at first and it’s going to be extremely difficult. You’re probably going to feel embarrassed, nervous and afraid at first. But let me tell you, the results are so worth it! And you’re going to thank yourself that you did step out of your comfort zone!

“Comfort is your biggest trap and coming out of the comfort zone your biggest challenge”

It’s important to remember that comfort is a trap. So so important to remember. You can often be afraid to go for what you truly want because you’re so happy with the familiarity and the comfortability of your life. But NEVER let this stop you. It is a trap that if you stay in, will always lead you to live a mediocre life!

“Comfort zones are where dreams got to die”

Another stark reminder showing you exactly what you’re comfort zone is. The place where dreams go to die. How many dreams have you let die already because you were too afraid to leave your comfort zone? You only have this one life. So why waste it in your comfort zone never exploring your potential as a human. Get out there and make the most of your life! Because it’s not going to be here forever.

“The shell must break before the bird can fly”

I love this quote! The bird in its egg thinks it’s perfectly happy. But is it? You may think you’re perfectly happy in your shell as well. But if you haven’t broken out and flown yet, you don’t even know what you’re missing!

“Comfort zones, where your unrealized dreams are buried, are the enemies of achievement.” – Roy T Bennett

This is one of the comfort zone quotes that perfectly sums up what your comfort zone actually is. The enemy of achievement. You are on this earth to achieve. You have talents and abilities that no one else on this earth possesses. And it’s up to you to realise that. Your dreams are yours so step out of your comfort zone and achieve great things!

“Step so far outside your comfort zone that you forget how to get back”

If you had to only hear one of these comfort zone quotes I think this is definitely the best one! If you were to go so far outside of your comfort zone you couldn’t get back, I guarantee you will live a happy life. So step as far out of your comfort zone as you possibly can!

Have these comfort zone quotes helped you?

Are you feeling more motivated to escape your comfort zone now? What actions are you going to take from this moment forward to live the life you think you deserve?

I’d love to know if you found these helpful so don’t be afraid to leave a comment below to say what your favourite was what you’d like to see in the future.

If you liked these wallpapers and want some handy tips on how to escape your comfort zone then you should definitely check out this article: http://youareyourreality.com/escape-your-comfort-zone/

If you’d like to read my story on the steps I took to overcome my comfort zone go here.

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