Life begins at the end of our comfort zones.
That simple phrase was uttered by a friend today and it struck me as a great way to start a new year, a new mission, a new life. So often the biggest limitations in our lives are set by ourselves. We believe we can’t do certain things because they are not safe, they are not practical, and no one has done them before.
But if that were true, some of the greatest companies, inventions and services would not exist. For every new invention or new business or new great idea, there was someone willing to step out of the comfort zone of what had always been to what could one day be.
Signs you’re living in your comfort zone.
There are many signs that you are living in your comfort zone.
–You have little or no excitement about life. You do what you are expected to do and you feel like that is the best that anyone can hope for. You feel like you should be grateful for any job/love/money/life you can get.
–You feel tired, fatigued and disinterested in what is going on around you. Your work doesn’t leave you feeling engaged. You don’t really have any hobbies. If someone asks you what you like to do in your spare time, you really don’t have a good answer.
–You’ve forgotten what it feels like to actually want something. You don’t know what would make you happy. You wonder what your purpose is or if you even have one. (Yes, you have a purpose. We all have a purpose.)
–You could do your daily routine in your sleep. Not only are you not impulsive, but you literally do the same things every day and you don’t do well on the days when something knocks you off of your routine.
–You spend more time in the future or past (in your mind) than you spend in the present. There really isn’t much that interests you in the present, so you daydream or go back over in your mind what things were like during better times. (In reality, you could be creating better times right now.)
–You drink, eat, fill-in-the-blank to ‘escape’ your life. You look for things to do because you don’t want to be alone with your thoughts. Sure, there might be some sad thoughts in there, but your dreams are also in there as well.
So how can you begin to step out of your comfort zone?
Moving out of your comfort zone is not something that happens overnight. Rather, it’s best to do it one tiny step at a time.
The first thing you must do is get back in touch with the excitement in your life. What gives you a small thrill when you think about it? What do you enjoy doing? How do you enjoy spending your time?
Once you’ve identified how you would like to spend your time, give yourself a few minutes each day to do something that feels good to you. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be something as simple as reading a mystery novel for 15 minutes a day. During that time, you will be feeding your soul and in tune with your intuition. During those times, pay attention to your thoughts. If something pops into your mind that you think would be fun to do, follow that urge and explore it. That will take you to the next step.
Then continue to live your life as it is a mystery. Each step will lead to the next until you have a broader picture in your mind of what you really want to accomplish. The more time you spend following the enthusiasm that you feel, the more you will begin to enjoy your life and the more comfortable you will be moving out of the box that you have pinned yourself into. New opportunities will open up, and you’ll feel more comfortable taking a detour rather than following the familiar tracks that have been your life.