Stepping into the unknown is something we all have to become accustomed to in life if we ever want to grow and become the best versions of ourselves. Escaping your comfort zone can be a difficult thing to do if you’ve never done it before, but once you get used to it, it gets easier and eventually won’t phase you much at all. When we begin to try new things regularly, we train our minds to step forward whether we’re just a little scared or absolutely terrified. In fact, stepping into the unknown just a few times begins to create momentum. We see that trying something we were scared to do wasn’t so bad after all. We also see we’re capable of doing something we were scared to do, and we can use those memories to give us confidence to do it again.
A few other things we can do to help us grow the confidence to act with courage more often are to remember not to derive all of our self-worth from the outcome of trying new things. Most of our self-worth should come from our effort, not just validation from others. Be proud of yourself for showing up. Be proud of yourself for having the courage to work hard at something over a long period of time, knowing it’s possible your sacrifices could go unnoticed. Also, don’t let well-meaning friends or family convince you not to step into the unknown if you know deep down inside that it's the right thing for you to do. They may try to talk you out of it because they don’t want you to face disappointment if you fall short. In these situations the best thing you can do is be brave for them, and walk the difficult walk of stepping into the unknown any way.