Isn't It Time You Left Your Comfort Zone Behind?

Not much excitment happens within the safety and predictability of a comfort zone. Opportunities for personal growth entail stepping, striding or even leaping outside this self-imposed boundary.

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Dec 11, 2017
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Why would you want to leave your comfort zone behind? After all it's not called 'comfort' for nothing. Why risk discomfort by choice?

Well, the answer lies in your interest and willingness to explore new aspects of your character, personality and potential.

Not much excitment happens within the safety and predictability of a comfort zone. Opportunities for personal growth entail stepping, striding or even leaping outside this self-imposed boundary.

Why would anyone impose such boundaries upon their life?

Fear is the usual cause. Fear of failure, embarrassment or loss... and fear of the unknown.

You could instead choose to get to know and understand your fears, and allow yourself to feel and move beyond them.

You can free yourself up to new experiences, knowing that you can conquer any fear. You are in charge of your own emotions and your own life!

We are 'programmed' to fear threats to our well-being – and rightly so. But more than that we may also have been conditioned by parents, peers, teachers, society and governments to fear much of life itself!

Threats to our survival do exist all around us but the impact these have upon us is determined by our view of the world, our expectations, our courage and our resilience.

Courage and resilience can be developed the more we extend our comfort zone!

We can't avoid threats by hiding away - and paradoxically this kind of 'safe' living brings its own threat. We can stagnate, and thwart our own potential, and not achieve or enjoy the richness the world has to offer.

Yes, there are more threats outside than in – but you'll never know just how much you're capable of overcoming unless you try.

That might involve forming new relationships, hobbies, new conversations with old friends or family members, new business ideas and plans... and hopefully anything else that fires up your mind and body with excitement!

What would you rather do than chose to live your life to the full - no matter what your physical limitations might currently be?

It's time to choose your discomfort zone instead - and see where it takes you!

As we become accustomed to our new extended level of experience we must then be mindful of not setting up another new restrictive comfort zone around ourselves. At the same time being aware that we don't want to be constantly striving for new challenges either. 

It's about adding enough novelty and challenge to our lives to bring us even more meaning and purpose – and in seeing just how much we CAN achieve when we take a bold step or leap into the unknown!

Maxine Harley (MSc Psychotherapy) MIND HEALER & MENTOR

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Maxine Harley

MIND HEALER & MENTOR - Psychotherapist (MSc), Author, Columnist & Blogger. Please see www.maxineharley.com and www.maxineharleymentoring.com, S.E.L.E.C.T. Your Life Company Ltd.

I help women to FEEL better - so they can BE, DO and HAVE better! As a MIND HEALER I specialise in helping women to recover from a troubled childhood and toxic parents, to heal and transcend their emotional wounds, re-parent their inner child, and make peace with their past. This enables and empowers them to become better parents, partners, professionals - and all round happier calmer people :-) As a MENTOR I offer different levels of therapeutic self development - including MINDING YOUR BUSINESS, MINDING THE GAP, and MIND MASTERY...please discover more at www.maxineharleymentoring.com

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