To find great success, there will be many times when you'll need to have the courage to move outside of your comfort zone and outside of what you are familiar with and try new things. I learned early on that there is no room for complaining if we are not willing to make the necessary changes to get us from one place in which we might not particularly feel satisfied to a better place.
Sometimes it takes us digging deep to see what gifts, talents, and abilities God placed inside of us that we have yet to explore to make certain changes. But if we're going to go to the next level in life, we've got to explore options we didn't even think to consider all because we've been stuck in the boxes of "this is all I know" and "this is just how we've always done things". Don't let certain social constructs you might have grown up with keep you mentally imprisoned when you know something more is out there for you to explore.
You don't get to be your best self by only going for what's easy and convenient. Sometimes you've got to be challenged so you can then make a bold and daring move and challenge the status quo! You never know, God might use you to help others understand what He wants them to understand so they can have the opportunities to embrace becoming their best selves too! But you can't help free others if you are still in mental and social chains yourself. So what are you doing to be free?
One way you can make sure you are challenged and growing is by networking and meeting people that get you to think about different issues from fresh perspectives. Preconceived notions can prove to be dangerous when they are not rightly corrected when they need to be. You'd be surprised at how many people think they are right about so many issues when in actuality, they couldn't be any more off-base. Sometimes you need someone to tell you, "No, you're wrong, and here's why..." A wise person appreciates it when he/she gets to elevate their thinking because of good correction coming from a good, reliable source.
Another way to make sure you are challenged and growing is by studying topics you might not normally approach. Several examples of things you could learn about include art, cooking, marketing, science, technology, politics, and business & finance. A well-rounded person typically makes for a great conversationalist. It's not that you have to be a know-it-all, but you just might find yourself more comfortable in new settings than you ordinarily would be if you can learn how to bring some real substance to a conversation about something that's on a higher level than what you might be used to. Adaptability is crucial for navigating through the waters of "getting out of your comfort zone." You've got to be flexible. Moreover, if you want people to take you seriously so they can see you are worth investing in (with regard to time, energy, and especially money), you have got to show people that you are not a one-dimensional one-trick-pony. What worked "back then" might not cut it now. What you did to wow people "there" might not necessarily work "here."
So keep learning, keep challenging yourself, and keep growing. Sometimes these tasks might seem daunting, and there will be times when you feel quite uncomfortable, but you can do it! No one who ever made great strides in whatever they set out to do was ever comfortable all the time during the process. It's time for some pressure and pressure makes diamonds!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.