When was the last time that you stepped out of your comfort zone and did something unexpected?

It is very easy to play it safe – to stay comfortable and to not risk anything. We like to predict endings. We like to control outcomes. This tendency keeps us within our comfort zone.

The challenge with the comfort zone is that we don’t get to learn anything new about ourselves when we stay there. Our life results are consistently the same, which proves our thoughts about avoiding risk, playing it safe to be consistently the same. The cycle continues.

When we step out of our comfort zones, we enter the area of unknowing. It can test our resiliency and strength. Outside the comfort zone gives our minds new things to think about. Creative problem-solving is activated and our bodies are flooded with new thoughts and feelings and it can be very uncomfortable. And it is also where the vulnerable fun is. Yes, I just said vulnerable fun! Being vulnerable means not having all the answers all the time, not always having to be right, being in uncharted territory, being messy and a little scared. What’s not fun about that? It can be so exhausting and stressful to be so predictable and perfect and comfortable and safe. Being vulnerable means releasing the pressure valve a little bit, letting go and trusting that everything will be ok. It is also an amazing chance to see ourselves in new ways. The chance to fail and try again, the chance to experiment with new belief systems. A chance to grow, evolve and get closer to our dreams.

Being vulnerable invites us outside the comfort zone and into opportunity.

If you feel like the walls around your comfort zone are closing in on you, consider these questions:

  • What are you denying yourself because you are staying in your comfort zone?
  • What dream are you postponing because of a fear of possibly being uncomfortable?
  • How could your life be different if you chose to boldly step out of your comfort zone?
  • What could you learn about yourself if you were willing to choose opportunity?

Staying in your comfort zone is optional. Choosing to step out, means that anything is possible.

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