When I worked in the Corporate world I had a sign on my desk that read “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”.
So what is a comfort zone?
To me, a comfort zone is where we feel in control, safe and supported with little criticism or anxiety. The benefits are a place to go on auto-pilot and recharge; the problem is we risk getting stuck in ground hog day and missing out on endless possibilities.
What happens when we do step outside?
We have new experiences, heightened emotions, learn new skills and yes sometimes we fall over …. I openly admit to being risk adverse (sometimes to my detriment) so by all means do your risk assessment – while it would NOT be safe to jump off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you could climb it through the appropriate company. For a career change, weigh up the financial & progression implications and if you come up with a block – work out how to get around it – don’t just accept it as a no, focus on the benefits and make it happen.
Consider this, when we come into this lifetime, our comfort zone is very small and consists of yourself and your nurturers. Over time it grows as we discover and understand more, as adults we choose to continue this pattern of growth or not.
The chances are the most memorable experiences of your life have been when you were outside your comfort zone!
For me this would include buying a new home, changing careers, having my family, my first spiritual class through to creating this website and indeed putting myself out there with my business !
Do you remember the last time you were outside your comfort zone? The excitement, nerves and adrenalin rush – studies have shown we experience an enhanced level of concentration and focus while in this stage, a natural high.
Dr Wayne W. Dyer has a wonderful quote
Don’t die with your music still in you !