Your comfort zone.
It will choke the life out of you. But your fearful mind will feel better if you stay in your comfort zone because you’ll be safe. Maybe not happy or fulfilled or excited about your life or contributing or involved. Safe and comfortable, which is all your fearful mind cares about. Because its first concern is your survival. Not your happiness, your joy or whether your life is meaningful.
But your soul, your life force, your inner spirit – whatever you want to call that inner flame that feeds on love, purpose, growth, passion and joy – gets most of its fuel outside of your comfort zone.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsch
We are at the dawn of a new year. Start from here. Wherever you are. And walk boldly towards possibility and opportunity.
Do you know why we so desperately hang onto safety? Why we’re afraid to venture outside our comfort zone? We’re afraid that we won’t be able to handle whatever comes our way. And that we might fail.
So we cling to safety. And shrivel up inside.
“… and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
I am declaring 2013 the year of sailing outside of our comfort zones. Not forcing or pushing or struggling or slogging or striving or fighting. Those are painful and create inner resistance.
Sailing. Get ready for some rough waters, big tides and strong winds where you’ll learn how to navigate this journey of your life to the destinations of your dreams. And, as any experienced sailor knows, get ready, too, for those magic days of calm waters, sunny skies and perfect, warm winds where everything just flows.
Can you imagine what your life will be like if you get out of your comfort zone again and again in 2013? As I ask my clients (and myself), are you willing to try something new and see it as an experiment without judging or needing to be guaranteed of the outcome?
Have a wonderful New Year filled with love, joy, excellent health and the courage to sail outside your comfort zone. As always, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this newsletter and for sharing your comments and your experiences with me.
I look forward to offering you more opportunities and getting to know you better in 2013. Let’s navigate these uncharted waters together.