“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Neale Donald Walsch
I used to think stepping outside of my comfort zone meant swimming with sharks, talking in front of 100 people or sitting peacefully in a room with a spider but I realize now we have opportunities to challenge ourselves daily by stepping out of our everyday routines.
From a website and not knowing me, you might think my life looks great and things come easily to me. But that’s not the truth.
Every day I have to fight. Every morning I have the choice to go out and chase the world or hide in the corner.
My comfort zone is coffee in the morning (and the afternoon!).
My comfort zone is sitting on the couch watching chick flicks with a bottle of wine after an intense day.
My comfort zone is not taking action.
My comfort zone doesn’t want to have protein shakes and salads. It wants carbs, carbs and more carbs!
My comfort zone is not going to the gym or driving 20 minutes to get to a yoga class.
My comfort zone is filled with negative thoughts and the “I’m not good enough” speech.
These are the things I have to fight every single day.
I don’t just wake up and have things come easily to me but I know what I don’t want.
I don’t want to be that woman anymore who puts herself last because she thinks she doesn’t deserve things and thinks she’s not good enough.
I don’t want to be that woman anymore who is afraid of being judged. I finally get it! Some people are going to judge me, no matter what. No matter who I am, how nice I am or what I do – there are people that aren’t going to like me and there are people that are going to judge. And you know what, I’m FINALLY okay with that!
I don’t want to be that woman anymore who drowns her sorrows or numbs her day with alcohol.
I don’t want to be that woman anymore…. According to the picture below, 98% of us stay in our comfort zone? Why? Because it’s safe, less stressful and doesn’t take any effort.
Now I wake up every day with intention. I write in a gratitude journal to keep me focused on all the great things I have in my life rather than comparing myself to someone who has more.
I meditate. It’s amazing how much more calm and focused I feel after.
I keep track of different things I want to focus on every month from drinking more water to exercise to eating something green every day.
There are still days I fail, where it’s just easier to stay nestled in that sweet comfort zone. I don’t feel bad about it anymore like I used to. I’m human, that means no matter what, I’m going to have bad days and I’m going to need my comfort zone. But I bounce back the next day and move forward rather than dig myself deeper into that black hole.
“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards,” as stated from an article in Forbes written by Margie Warrell.
So here’s my challenge for you:
Write down 3-5 things you feel are in your ‘daily’ comfort zone that may be holding you back.
Now, write down 1 action you can take for each of those things to challenge yourself to get out of that comfort zone.
For example, if you wrote down that eating cookies is in your comfort zone. Perhaps your action item could be going for a 10 minute walk instead of eating the cookies.
Or you can download my worksheet here:
Now, challenge yourself every day to do one thing to get out of your comfort zone.
And remember, when you are in a rut, focus on what you gain by taking action, rather than what you lose.