Things Don't Change In Your Comfort Zone
Only when we are willing to become uncomfortable can growth really happen. Everything you desire is just outside of your emotional walls.
Good things don’t happen to us just because we want them to; they happen when we take action to attract them to us and are willing to step out of our comfort zones to create them. Good things happen when we dare to travel toward the mountain, not by waiting for the mountain to come to us.
Really, the only way to achieve our goals is to give them a due date. Although this may sound strange, something inside of us changes when we do this. If we are confident in attaining all of the possibilities that life has to offer us, we end up taking control and energizing ourselves to be able to accomplish our goals.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference…
It’s also possible that by putting a due date on our aspirations, we are able to realize whether or not we have defined our desires in the best way. This gives us the insight we may need to redefine what we desire so that we are able to achieve what we really what out of life.
The learning zone
The area where learning takes place is just outside of what we already know. This is the place we must go to in order to expand our view of the world and acquire new knowledge. We learn so much when we study, observe, experience, compare, travel and meet new people.
There are many people who love to learn and are always enjoying the view from new horizons. However, there are also people who are afraid of change and are not comfortable learning new things. They avoid stepping outside of their comfort zones unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
These people are those who believe that stepping outside of their comfort zone is dangerous. Every day they come home from work, eat dinner, watch TV and then go to sleep. Their lives becomes limited by their daily routines.
The panic zone
Far outside of the comfort zone is the panic zone. However, this zone only exists for those who only live comfortably and never dare to question life. This is the place where you will hear people say: “don’t do it,” “you will fail,” “it’s not worth the risk and awful things could happen.”
But what these people refuse to admit is that the only way to create a marvelously flower-filled garden is to break free of the conventions that we impose on ourselves as individuals and as a society.
The magic zone
This is the zone where wonderful things appear. It strengthens our dreams and encourages us to continue moving forward.
When we enter this zone, it’s possible that we may experience fear. For example, we could be overwhelmed with an immense fear of having lost our comfort zone, but later realize that this isn’t the case. Our comfort zone hasn’t been eliminated, but instead has expanded and grown.
In addition, while the tension created by your emotional comfort level may tell you to take a step back, your motivational tension will push you forward and make things much easier for you.
It’s completely normal for us to be afraid of looking ridiculous, failing, not having time for our families or for doing other things that we like, but the only way for us to free ourselves from these fears is to confront them by being aware of what we lack through learning new things.
Now is the time when you need to stop and think about what to do and what not to do in order to bring your dreams to life. This is something that we all must go through. If we begin to add up all of the “days where nothing happens” in our mental calendars, we end up missing out on the opportunities that life has to offer.
I would venture to say that if you are afraid and at the same time are being pushed by something inside of you to keep moving forward, it’s because you are on the right track. Remember, we are not able to discover new oceans if we are constantly afraid of losing sight of the coastline.
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