Growth and expansion don't happen from within a comfort zone. They happen when you are the most uncomfortable. When you are stretched beyond comfort, beyond peace, beyond knowing, you grow exponentially. The saying 'insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly with the same results' is true. Yet, you like your little comfort zone because it's known. You don't like the unknown. The unknown represents a place you can't control or predict and it stirs up fear even in the fiercest souls.
Comfort zones are ruts that you get stuck in. Rather than doing everything in your power to break free from the rut, you decorate that puppy, throw up some wallpaper and call it home. Insane? YES! You can't move forward and achieve your goals if you stay within a comfort zone. It's the zone where you know what to expect even if its unhealthy and worst unproductive.
Why do you do it?
It's not your fault. Most people don't even realize they are stuck in a comfort zone. Your unconscious programs and beliefs dictate what is safe, so that zone feels okay, bearable. And it is okay, as long as you don't mind giving up your dreams.
Comfort zones are born from unconscious programs or limited beliefs, beaten into you from society, mass media, family and those closest to you. They are subtle, Jedi mind tricks that slowly remove all freedom. They are the thoughts that stop you in your tracks whispering, “Don't even think about it”. The thoughts that cripple you into believing you will be abandoned, rejected or criticized if you step out of your comfort zone.
Successful people are not successful because they were comfortable. Successful people became successful by breaking rules, ignoring the critics and overcoming the status quo. They worked hard, long, lonely hours at becoming authentic. They relentlessly pursue knowledge, skills and take action even in the face of failure. They keep pushing, keep moving and keep trying. What they don't do is, stay in a comfort zone.
Here's the reality, once you push beyond what's comfortable, you reach a new level of comfort in uncomfortable territories. You are free to try and fail, able to try again. Each new accomplishment allows for greater heights of understanding, growth and confidence. In turn, you are able to do what others can't or won't do. Peace and joy are natural states of being when your life is not dependent on being comfortable.
Face your fears, get uncomfortable and know that the more uncomfortable you are, the closer you are to achieving your greatest aspirations!
Written by: Bernadette Dickinson
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