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Thursday, April 30, 2015

MOVING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Do you ever feel yourself holding back from something you believe in or something you want to do because you fear that you will be judged? I think many of us have found ourselves doing this. I know I have, because it can be scary to move out of your comfort zone


Staying in your comfort zone can be like wrapping yourself up in an old familiar blanket and snuggling down on your living room couch, but just like a caterpillar who undergoes metamorphosis, we too may never turn into a beautiful butterfly without leaving that cozy little nest we have created. 

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There are many reasons that we may put our full potential on the shelf or tuck it out of sight into a drawer. You may be doing something the same way that you always have and are afraid to change it. Maybe someone has told you that your dreams are unrealistic. Possibly there is some negative self talk going on: I can't do it, I don't have the time, I'm too overwhelmed, I'm too old.

Breaking out of your comfort zone can definitely feel overwhelming but it doesn't have to be. Take small steps. Do something different each day. Go to a different grocery store, drive a different route to the mall, eat at a new restaurant. 

Have you been wanting to write a book but are afraid of rejection (that would be me)? I think the majority of writers will tell you they have been rejected, but if a book seems too much why not start with a short story or an ebook. Have you wanted to start practicing yoga, learn how to knit, take up swimming, or go back to college? Are you afraid to go to a class because the others may be better at it or more knowledgeable than you? They were beginners once too, and that is why they are called classes. They are there to help you. 

What I have learned as I have grown older is that life is a lot shorter than we think it is. I know that I don't want to leave this world with a bunch of regrets. So today I will take a small step out of my comfort zone. I will start writing down ideas for an ebook. 

What would you like to do that is out of your comfort zone and what is holding you back?


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22 comments:

  1. What a great post and so true! There are many things, but one is to take piano lessons! I've had lessons when I was young, need to learn so much more! Thanks for sharing the series with us.

    Nancy

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    1. Taking piano lessons sounds like so much fun, Nancy. I think you should go for it :)

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  2. I've done a few things in my life that were out of my comfort zone and they always turned out to be positive. I think I'm more of a procrastinator than anything!

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    1. I'm guilty of procrastinating too, Melanie but I do think that mine often stems from fear.

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  3. Thanks for the push, Laura!

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  4. Yes, I can relate to this! I get very comfortable and don't want change. Sometimes, change is good and sometimes not. I've done some things where I've stepped out of my comfort zone and regretted it. Other times, when I'm glad that I did. I think I did more of that when I was younger. As I get older, I'm more set in my ways. That's so exciting that you want to write an e-book! What subject matter do you want to write about?

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    1. For now I am going to keep the subject matter to myself, as it is kind of in flux, but I will update as I am working on it. I think when we step out of our comfort zone and then "regret it", we need to look at it as a learning experience. We need to ask ourselves what we took away from the experience. I believe there is always something there, Kelly.

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  5. Great post! I try hard to step outside my comfort zone and learn. In fact, if I am uncomfortable about a challenge, that is often why I will take it.

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    1. That's great Linda. I love to learn new things, too. It really helps to keep us excited about life.

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  6. I have moved a LONG WAY out of my comfort zone and I plan to share all of that next week! GREAT post- xo Diana

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    1. Diana, I am so excited to hear what you are doing. Can't wait :)

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  7. I can relate to this. I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone in the past but it's something I need to keep doing. It's so hard sometimes. Great post!

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    1. It is, Lorrie because I think the older we get the more we want to stay in our familiar comfort zone, but I think it is the perfect time to try new things.

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  8. So true - life gets richer once we get up the courage to get out of our comfortable boxes...

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  9. Comfort zones are wonderfully cushy...but it's good to move out of them more often then naught. Good advice Laura.

    I'm looking forward to reading your book, that's exciting, and I know it's going to be interesting.

    Jen

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  10. Well I DID try to learn to knit this winter. HA HA HA back to quilting :)

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  11. Thanks for the inspiration Laura! I've been procrastinating on many things, partly I'm busy managing day-to-day stuff, but also because they're out of my comfort zone. Time to get my act together!

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  12. ah but comfort is SO comfortable ;~))
    and I have a frightening list to work thru!

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