10 Oct Your Comfort Zone
Now let’s look at the places in your life where you encountered your most significant growth. These are generally places when we are outside our comfort zone. Often they are times when we are not in control of the outcome.
It can be as painful as a divorce and having to learn to be on your own for the first time, or the loss of a job, or your first year out of high school or college, struggling to make it, getting that first job. Consider the discomfort and the investment you had to make and the risks you had to take.
Not that we would choose to put ourselves in as painful a place as divorce or job loss, but we now can recognize skills, and attitudes we had to develop, that we can use in other situations. And when facing the uncomfortable stretching feeling, we will know that another growth spurt is underway!
Growth and learning are important aspects of keeping our lives vibrant.
This month my challenge to you is to find YOUR Growth ZONE, somewhere between comfort and pain. Then, take some steps outside your comfort zone and embrace the growth and strength it fosters. For example, you might change your response to “I’ll think about it” rather than automatically agreeing to do something or you might take responsibility for a project at work or at home that will stretch your abilities.
I’d love to hear how taking a step outside of your comfort zone works out for you.
Remember, it’s about stretching, not tearing! Take one step.