Illuminating Your Life: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
” One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. ”~Abraham Maslow~
From the time we are conceived we are nestled warm and cozy inside of our mothers womb. Even as we grow older we remain close at our parents side, it is our safe haven a place where we are comfortable and more importantly a place where we feel secure. Fast forward to adulthood, many of us are anxious to explore the many opportunities that this wondrous world has to offer, although most times we never maneuver outside of our comfort zone. A zone that has been set by the boundaries we faced as children.
What happens when your dream is something that is set outside of your safety zone. Learning to adapt to unfamiliar situations and scenarios is a lesson that many are not taught. A crucial lesson that could unleash a wealth of potential.
Here are some steps to help you take advantage of all your potential:
Acceptance: When you accept the fact that it will be uncomfortable for you to step out of your comfort zone, you open the door to opportunities. Acceptance is the first step!
Research: Ignorance is not bliss. The more educated you become on the topic you want to explore, the more comfortable you will be.
Positivity: Positive thoughts breed positive actions. While it’s easy to say “NO!”, it’s even harder to say yes. So have a positive attitude and say yes the next time someone asks you to step out of your comfort zone.
FORGET WHAT PEOPLE THINK: Our number one fear whether we choose to accept it or not is the fear of what others will think. This is one of the main reasons that many people do not step out of their comfort zone. Here’s the thing – if one person out of ten doesn’t like you or what you’re doing you’re still at a 90% ratio so why do we always give that 10% so much power?
For today’s illumination moment remember whether you want to become a singer, actor, doctor, or artist or any other job that you’ve dreamed of the first step is always the hardest. The important thing to note is nothing easy was ever something worth having.