For the last two days, I have been suffering from Writer’s Block. And as much as I hate saying anything negative, I just have to put this out there: Writer’s Block is, hands down, the MOST annoying thing EVER! I have so many great things I want to share with you all, and as I sit down to get it onto paper, I crash.
But I’m back, baby! I’m back. I just chugged a delicious E-Shot, and now, I can safely say: I’m ready to deliver you the goods.
Let’s talk about this thing called your “comfort zone“. When I hear this phrase, I immediately imagine a glass box, sort of like one of those mimes mimicking being stuck in a cage or a box, know what I mean? We can’t visibly see our comfort zone, but we know it’s there. We know what we are okay with doing, and what we are absolutely terrified of doing. Everyone has different size comfort zones, and it’s not unusual to change the size as you go throughout life. For example, when we were younger, we were TOTALLY comfortable stripping down naked and running around for all the world to see…right? And NOW, as adults, we would, one, be arrested for doing that, and two, feel totally, and completely uncomfortable showing off our naked bodies for all the world to see (most of us, anyways). Another example would be, when we were in our awkward, middle school stages, we might have felt insecure talking to adults, and would shy away from any kind of interaction with someone older than us. However, as we grow older ourselves, we begin to understand that age is just a number, and those interactions are no longer uncomfortable. So as you can see, our comfort zones can both shrink and expand with age.
Comfort Zones do serve a purpose. The definition of Comfort Zone is:
Comfort Zone (noun): A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
And the purpose they serve is to allow us to go through life with as little stress as possible. And as we know, stress is a leading cause for heart problems, divorces, and weight gain. So, I guess you could say that there is great case in favor of staying in your comfort zone.
But I’m here to tell you differently. Yes, comfort zones keep you “stress-free”, but they also keep you ordinary, complacent, and to be quite honest, a little boring. Sorry comfort-zone lovers, but it’s true. I know plenty of people who choose to stay in their comfort zones, and because of that choice, they are also broke. And who wants to be broke!? Anyone who has been in a situation where they were/are broke knows that being broke leads to stress far more than staying within your comfort zone. I know this is a fact because I, myself, have struggled with “being broke”. So you know what I did?
I stepped out of my comfort zone and in to my greatness.
And that’s what I want for YOU. Do you know what it takes?
Courage. And a lot of it.
But here is the good news! You have all the courage you need inside of you. But it takes conditioning to uncover this courage.
I encourage you to start thinking of your mind as a muscle. So, the same way we condition our bodies by going to the gym, we can condition our minds by investing in personal development, and stepping out of our comfort zones. You’ve probably heard this before, but outside your comfort zone is where your dreams will be realized. And as you build your “mind-muscle”, you’ll even find that what was once outside your comfort zone is now totally within it! Isn’t that cool?
Now, let me make this clear: I’m not here to tell you that you need to wake up tomorrow morning, quit your job, and make this HUGE change in your life, all of which is completely out of your comfort zone. That’s silly. And if you’ve never done anything outside your comfort zone, doing something like this would probably scare you shitless and convince you to never jump out of your comfort zone again.
I am not telling you to make a giant leap.
Here is what I am telling you: your mind is a muscle, just like anything else. And a muscle needs work. You can’t just sit back and wish for a great body, you have to go out and work for it. Just like your body, your mind is going to need some prepping, some loving, and some conditioning. I’ve mentioned this before, but doing something everyday that scares you is a GREAT way to start expanding your comfort zone.
I could go on and on and ON about this topic, and if you’d like to continue the conversation, don’t hesitate to friend me on Facebook, we can chat awhile 🙂
I want to end on one thing. Stepping out of your comfort zone is liberating. It is where your dreams will be realized. Your ideal life is waiting for you. When you make the decision to live a bold life, one that is outside of your comfort zone, you will find out ALL that you are capable of doing, being, and achieving. Now, who wouldn’t want that!? But, I will give you a fair warning, it’s not always a journey full of roses and tulips, there will be wall-kicking moments, but each of those moments is signaling for you to once again, step out of your comfort zone.
The first step is the hardest, but if you want it bad enough, you will take it.
Just take that step. That one step. The one that is OUTSIDE of your comfort zone. Your world will be changed, and you will change the world.