Step Outside the Comfort Zone

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Step Outside the Comfort Zone

I enjoy hot baths. Warm, cozy pajamas. Cups of steaming, cinnamon apple tea. A well researched hiking trail. (Research in general.) Thoroughly planned, leave-no-stone-unturned vacation itineraries. A list of television shows, prerecorded and waiting for me on the DVR. Dipping my foot into the water before I get in.

Do you see a pattern yet?

The comfort zone. (Yeahhh. I tend to live there.) It’s safe… soft… warm…. reliable. It knows what I like. It never disappoints.

… Wait a minute! Yes. it. does.

It’s not exhilarating. Nor enriching. Nor evolutionary. Nor progressive. Nor goal-oriented. Nor, well, promising. It’s none of that.

The most exhilarating moments of my life? Those times when I really lived it up? Those couldn’t be any further outside the comfort zone. Those happened in the great unknown.

The day I quit my job to pursue my business full-time? That happened outside my comfort zone. Each and every time I ever showed myself what I’m really made of? Happened outside my comfort zone…

I bet I’m not the only one who has tendency to play it safe. I think just about everyone does. In some way. They just don’t like to admit it. But, of course, I cannot speak for others. Only myself.

It’s the pursuit for perfection. And the fear of the unknown. Two mo-fo’s that keep us from realizing our true potential.

As I approach the end of the 2014, I begin to reflect on the story of the life I lived this year. What did I learn? What am I proud of? How did I grow? What disappointed me? What surprised me? Did I make the most of this year?

And of course, I’ll be going through the process of planning 2015, asking myself “Where do I want this next year to take me?

Although I made some huge deliberate changes in my life during these past 11 months, I lived very much inside a box. My comfort zone. I didn’t fail. But I didn’t thrive either. I just survived. I moved along. But I don’t feel like I made the most out of it.

But, 2015, I plan to take it by the balls. I don’t want to just live from day to day in a little cozy box. I want to show the world what I’m made of.

I do not want to merely survive. I want to thrive.

I don’t want to just dip my feet in. I want to swim.

I do not just want to. I need to. I have to. I will.

__Photo taken by Gina Mizzoni. Exposure: F/5, 1/320 sec, ISO 640__ 

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