DO YOU REALLY WANNA SETTLE FOR AVERAGE?
5 steps to get you straight out of your comfort zone
I saw this on a friend’s timeline and could not help but share it.
We fear change as much as we fear losing money ! So that’s a dead-end, right ?!
We fear change because our mind’s only job is to keep us alive : SURVIVAL (note to self: it is not to make us happy or successful).
It is trying to keep us in our comfort zone. And sometimes, this so-called comfort zone is not so comfortable at all, it is filled with stress, uncertainties, frustrations … but we get used to them, they become acceptable and soon enough they become part of this so-called comfort zone.
As a result, the effort required to get out of this “fake” comfort zone seems greater than the discomfort of staying in there. In other words, creating change is more painful than the pain of not changing anything. We end up living an average life of discomfort.
THIS IS LUDICROUS. THIS IS A TRICK OF THE MIND TO KEEP YOU PLAYING SMALL
Example : Your job is über stressful and not fulfilling you anymore at all, but you stick with it! Your husband … haha (sorry, couldn’t help myself !)
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN ?
There is tons of research out there demonstrating that growth, life satisfaction, confidence, happiness, success … are just on the other side of our comfort zone!
I am not telling you to quit your job or slam the door on your hubby but rather to get out of your comfort zone, to grow, to feel alive, to find your purpose (or your soulmate), to take your career to the next level … to live your life, to create extraordinary in an ocean of routine and ordinary
Here are 5 steps of get out of your comfort zone and embrace change
We all live like hamsters in a wheel, pedalling away at fast speed but not knowing where we are going. Super stressed, too much to do, not enough time in the day. We sometimes are not even aware of our discomfort
2- RELAX + DECIDE
We are so wired all the time that we can’t always think straight. Those of you who have attended one of Stress Buster workshops will know what I am talking about. Relax, go for a run, yoga class, go boxing, walk in a park, take a bath … whatever it is that helps you relax. When we are relaxed, the processing centers in our brain related to clarity and decision making are much more performant. And then, clearly identify what you need to change, for your own good.
3- WORST CASE SCENARIO
The brain will do it anyway, it will create lots of catastrophic scenarii of things going wrong. It is very creative when it comes to hold you back. These are all fear driven and 99% of the time, not realistic at all. So don’t sweat it, go quickly to step 4 if need be or straight to step 5, even better
You must make the commitment to do it! Write it on a post it note you will see everyday, tell your partner, friends, colleagues … because if you don’t commit, the brain will keep on with its catastrophic scenarii until you change your mind (for the wrong reasons). If you commit, it’s just a little harder to give up
5- DO IT
Just do it!
So, TELL ME, WHAT WILL YOU DO TODAY TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?
I want to know, we all want to know, share in the comment box below, inspire us all (and also once it’s written here, you are accountable for it! It doesn’t have to be super serious or deep, it could be that you might want to take ukulele lessons or bunjee jump …)
OVER TO YOU