Get Out of the Zone!
Let me ask you a question: Are you comfortable with your life?
Now, answer that question with the knowledge and perspective that you have the capacity to do more, to become more, and to make a greater impact in the lives of other people.
If you're still comfortable, I feel sorry for you. If you're not comfortable, then there's still hope.
Comfortable people never do anything that will stretch them beyond their comfort zone. Why should they bother? I mean think about it, they have everything that they want and everything that they need. They are comfortable.
On the other hand, if you're feeling uncomfortable about your life, this discontent could be an awesome fire-starter for you. It could be just what it takes to ignite a flame that will spread and disrupt the routine behavior pattern that is preventing you from reaching higher heights in life.
Do you want to know the secret to reaching those higher heights in life? Don't be afraid of being even more uncomfortable than you already are!
Think about some of these questions:
How many people are uncomfortable with their physical appearance?
How many people are uncomfortable with their education and skill level relative to earning more money?
How many people are uncomfortable with relationships where demonstrations of love and affection are too infrequent?
Unfortunately, too many people have allowed themselves to be comfortable with where they are in some of these situations, so I need to warn you: Don't let the negative familiar become comfortable, or acceptable!
Here's an example: There are many folks who are experiencing financial, job, or relationship issues, yet they routinely sit on the couch munching on chips and watching some brain-dead television show.
Why would they do this if they are in situations that seem to be really uncomfortable? The fact is that they subconsciously fear losing the comfort of the familiar and experiencing the perceived pain that might come from making an effort to change. They may be uncomfortable as they sit there trying to forget they are stuck in a nowhere job they hate, but to walk into a classroom again and to enhance their skills would be even more uncomfortable for them. So what's the result? They sit where they are and say "better not take the chance."
Someone may be uncomfortable being overweight but believe exercise hurts. They ask themselves, "If I go to the gym looking like this, what are all those physically fit people going to think about me?" All of that negative thinking is just fear talking!
Let me tell you something: You walk into the gym, and those people will admire you for making the effort! Most of them walked the same road at some point and they know how hard it is. You walk into the classroom at any age and people will respect you for improving yourself.
In order to achieve, to grow, or to advance, you have got to step out of your comfort zone and risk a little pain. When you hear that little voice inside telling you that "you can't" or "you don't really want to," you just have to tell it to shut up!
They say that half the job of anything is "showing up." Show up at the gym. Show up in class. Show up in your relationship. Show up at work. Quit letting the fear of being uncomfortable stop you.
My challenge for you this week:
Get out of your comfort zone by taking the following steps:
Write down the areas of your life that makes you feel uncomfortable?
Write down how long you have had this feeling.
If this feeling has lasted more than a day, will you commit to taking action?
Write down the reasons for your past hesitation to take action. (It's common that you feel others may reject you.)
Write down the action you will take when you sense yourself hesitating toward your goal.
Get started now! It's okay to pause, but don't quit!