Sunday, October 7, 2012

Now is the Time: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Live Your Best Life

Do you have the courage to totally turn your life around? Are you willing to change what you do for a living, where you live, and your relationships?
Most of us live our lives inside comfortable bubbles, otherwise known as our comfort zones. In our comfort zones, life may be okay… but not great. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut, to keep doing the same old thing again and again. We may even know that life could be better, but we fear the new. We fear. We don’t know what life would be like if we stepped out of our comfort zones. Change is scary, so we limit ourselves. We become the makers of our own glass ceiling.
Ask yourself: what would you most love to do? How would you like to live your life? Who would you most love to do it with? How can you create a life of meaning and purpose, filled with joy?
I encourage you to stop living your life on auto pilot. You can venture out of your comfort zone to create the life you most want. Start today. Think about how many decisions you make each day without even thinking. Do you love what you are wearing? I much prefer wearing bright colors, but for years I wore more muted tones because they were what I thought was “appropriate.” Do you love the food you are eating? Are you having fast food because it’s quick, or eating what everybody else is so you don’t make waves? What forms of transportation are you using? One of my favorite bankers enjoys riding her bicycle down the Monon every day to and from work.
Start with the small decisions. In every moment, you have the option of choosing a new direction. Inch out of your comfort zone, one toe at a time. Each time you do, your comfort zone grows. People tend to age as their comfort zones decrease – enlarging your comfort zone will help keep you resilient and youthful. What is one thing you are willing to do differently? Let me know.
Next week, I am interviewing a young woman who completely broke out of her comfort zone. She is a person of Courageous Creativity, ignited by her passion and inspired to take action. This young woman shifted her career from financial advising to clothing design, moving her whole family in the process. Today, she is much happier professionally, personally, and even in her marriage.
If you could do anything, what would you do with your life? As a Life and Relationship Coach, I’d love to collaborate with you so you too can be a person of Courageous Creativity.
Until Next Time,
Amy Barnes

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