“You have to be honest about what you really want and be willing to take risks [to get there] rather than lie to yourself and make excuses to stay in your comfort zone.” – Roy T. Bennett
I’ve always had this restless tension (which has been growing recently), to…
- Go further
- Accomplish more
- Have greater impact
- Make a bigger difference
…but, I can quickly come up with all sorts of reasons why I can’t get started until tomorrow, next week, next year.
- Not enough time
- Not enough resources
- Time commitment to my family
Those are all true. Sigh! Always true.
Are you destined to remain trapped because of your schedule limitations? Nope… not if you reach this crucial point.
Time to Leave My Comfort Zone
I have gotten to that crucial place where I have decided… enough is enough.
Here is the way I see it: if I ALWAYS rest on my excuses, I will NEVER leave my comfort zone and get where I am supposed to go… and become who I am supposed to be.
“You cannot become what you want to be (reach your God-given potential) by remaining what you are.”
“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what a ship is built for.”
If you are ready to stretch yourself, growing into your full God-given potential, then sign up for the next 30-day “Don’t-Settle” comfort zone challenge.
The challenge is to step outside your comfort zone, to stretch and grow in directions you are eager to go… but are currently resting on excuses (fears?).
I figure that if we do it together, we will have a better chance of seeing progress… together.
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What Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Look Like
One article I read recently that inspired my thinking was 4 Things I Learned by Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone 850 Times in a Row by Kendra Wright.
The article helped me see what’s possible, just in my daily choices. I don’t have to go sky diving to stretch myself. I can choose to…
- Introduce myself to somebody I don’t know (when it’s easier to talk only with people I already know)
- Visit a nursing home (when I’d rather look the other way)
- Volunteer for an assignment at work (when it’s easier to “let someone else” do it).
Small things. Yet, they won’t happen unless I intentionally stretch myself.
The Cost of Staying “Comfortable”
I will leave you with two final (sobering) quotes that reveals why the safe option is never the best one:
“You get diminishing returns when you are restricted to your comfort zone”
“Are you really happy… or just comfortable?”
If you stay where you are and don’t push yourself beyond your comfort zone, your circle gets smaller, and your life becomes more shallow and unfulfilling. Busy… but empty.
I’m sorry, but staying in the circle and playing it safe is not the option for me.
How about you?
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