Joanna Gaines Wants You to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: “We Get to Decide Who We Are Meant to Be.”

Joanna Gaines appears to be a confident wife, mother, and designer. However, she wasn’t always self-assured when it comes to her design career. In the summer issue of Magnolia Journal, Gaines says she made up for her lack of confidence in her professional skills by being overly careful. She stayed in her comfort zone so she wouldn’t make mistakes. Years later, as Joanna became more confident in her abilities, she learned staying comfortable was only holding her back. Here’s what Joanna Gaines had to say to her readers about getting out of a comfort zone.

You can’t grow without change

Joanna Gaines|Donna Ward/Getty Images
Joanna Gaines|Donna Ward/Getty Images

Change can be scary, but it’s necessary for growth. Joanna reminds readers in her Magnolia Journal column to learn not to fear change so they can move forward with dreams they were too fearful to pursue. “Growth by its very nature requires change; I don’t get to have one without the other. These two things are wisely and intricately woven together,” said Joanna.

Take your power back and decide who you want to be

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Joanna Gaines|Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Joanna advises her readers to resist fear and take hold of their goal. She doesn’t promise the fear will go away, but she does say we all have what we need to become who we were meant to be if we’ll let go of the fear of failure and try something different.

I’m not going to pretend it’s not scary to dig in, to fight for something within yourself that you may not even be able to name. But that’s nothing compared to the aftermath should we choose to pretend that it’s safer to stay the same. Every day, every hour—we get to decide who we are meant to be. The breath in our lungs is the official declaration that we’ve got more growing to do.

Joanna admits she hasn’t mastered leaving her comfort zone

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Chip and Joanna Gaines|Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Although Joanna offers advice on breaking free and leaving comfort zones, she also admits she still struggles to stop playing it safe. For her, staying safe has meant picking the same paint colors and designs when she works on a new home. She reveals in her column it’s sometimes hard to try something new:

I am not perfect in this pursuit. To be fully transparent here, I say all of these things as someone who prefers sure and steady, who still routinely chooses safety as my default setting. So I get the logic of not fixing something that technically isn’t broken. Yet, while I may naturally be a creature of habit, I believe there is always something valuable and worth unearthing in all of us.

Read more: Joanna Gaines Recalls Her Early Years as a Designer: “I Was So Afraid of Messing Up.”

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