I enjoy being comfortable. That’s right, ever since I can remember, I usually chose to take the safe road. After all it is my life and my decisions. This worked alright for a while, until one day, everything changed. I discovered my purpose. On that day, I didn’t care anymore if I was comfortable or not. In fact, once you have a purpose to achieve, it’s time to start getting out of your comfort zone.
The comfort zone is a well worn pair of shoes. You’re familiar with the shoes and comfortable with their predictable feel. They may not be the latest model, but they feel safe and secure. There is nothing necessarily wrong with living in the comfort zone. Not unless you want to get things done that is.
In the Summer of 2010, I had a revelation. The life I lived up until that point, disappeared in a flash. I was faced with a choice between remaining in my comfort zone, or getting mighty uncomfortable and following my destiny. The choice was an easy one to make. Unfortunately my resolve wasn’t quite as strong. The guy who enjoyed his comfort was still hanging on to the past.
It’s all about habits. I don’t consider myself to be a coward, just someone who makes a strong argument for being safe. After all, for years I was conditioned to make rational, safe, predictable decisions. I looked to my peers and family for approval, and tryed my best to remain within the norm. Didn’t really matter how I felt about it, as long as it was the accepted thing to do.
What served as my motivation to turn away from my safe place? It was fear. That’s right, fear is what did it for me. Fear that I would lose the opportunity which may not come again. Fear of living in regret for the rest of my life, because I didn’t have the guts to make a stand. Fear that I would betray myself, and waste the revelation I was presented for following my destiny.
I repeat, if you decide to accomplish something great, to achieve something extraordinary, or to just cut loose from the mediocrity, you will have to get out of your comfort zone and taste the raw flavor of life, with all of its dangers, disappointments and failures. That’s the only way. The alternative? The alternative is to do nothing, to be nothing, to achieve a safe nothingness. And that’s still acceptable, many people live just that way. The choice is yours.
But if you’re tired of living in the illusion of safety, try this: Take your first uncomfortable step today. Decide what one deed you can do today, that will get you a bit closer to your main goal. Make the decision, and carry it through no matter how scared it makes you feel.
This means that if you know that something has to get done, don’t put it off by a single day. It doesn’t matter how difficult it may seem to you. If you develop a habit of procrastination, you will assure yourself of imminent failure. You will find that you’re putting off changing your life for a day, that turns into a week, a month, a year, a lifetime. Once you’ve determined that a step has to be taken, make it your priority to accomplish it today.
Face Your Fears
We’re afraid that something is going to happen to us that’s outside of our control. So we spend a lifetime working around these fears. We build our decisions on avoiding the pain and the discomfort. But it’s when we face our fears, is when we truly grow and discover who we really are. The more frightened you are to go out and do something uncomfortable, the greater the reason to do it.
Expand Your Comfort Level
Every time that you get out of your comfort zone, you are expanding your comfort level. Believe me, the comfort level is very elastic. What may be your greatest fear today, will dissipate after you’ve faced it just a few times. Of course, if you never stretch it, you’ll never know what you’re capable of. And that would be a shame.
Today, I am no stranger to discomfort. In fact, I practice it daily. Sometimes I get scared, sometimes I get terrified. But it gets easier every time I challenge myself. I don’t know if it will ever become effortless, but I do know that I am capable of getting it done, no matter how it makes me feel. I know that ultimately I will prevail.
Live well. Vlad