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17 Thought-provoking Quotes From Pope Francis That Can Transform Your Life

17 Thought-provoking Quotes From Pope Francis That Can Transform Your Life

Pope Francis is certainly different from any other Popes in the past. He is daring and fearless, yet humble and loving. Hence, he is popular and highly loved by both believers and non-believers alike. The Pope proclaims God is not afraid of new things. His intention to make changes would appear to be his mission to ignite a revolution inside the Vatican and beyond its walls. Still, this revolution (whether or not it succeeds) is unlike any other.

These 17 thought-provoking quotes from Pope Francis will surely show who he is, as a man, servant, and leader.

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                                    Featured photo credit: Pope Francis via flickr.com

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                                    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

                                    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                                    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                                    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                                    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                                    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                                    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                                    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                                    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                                    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                                    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                                    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                                    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                                    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                                    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                                    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                                    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                                    4. See failure as a teacher

                                    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                                    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                                    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                                    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                                    5. Take baby steps

                                    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                                    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                                    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                                    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                                    6. Hang out with risk takers

                                    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                                    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                                    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                                    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                                    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                                    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                                    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                                    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                                    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                                    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                                    10. Focus on the fun

                                    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

                                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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