“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
What’s your biggest dream or goal in life? How long have you had that dream? What have you done to accomplish that dream? Do you feel like you’re getting closer to achieving your goal?
If you are stuck in your comfort zone for a long, long time, then you may find these questions hard and very painful. You’ll probably remember how at one point in your life, you were so full of dreams, how you were going to become a big superstar, a successful engineer, a famous scientist, or whatever you wanted to become when you ‘grew’ up.
But look around where you are now. Do you like what you see? Is it what you’ve envisioned from a long time ago?
Maybe. Maybe not. Only you know the answer.
Breathe new life into your dreams
Do you know why many successful people say your comfort zone is where your dreams go to die?
Well, it’s because they’ve been in your shoes before. Once upon a time, they too were languishing in their comfort zones. But they had dreams, and their imaginations took them far away from their comfort zones.
If they didn’t leave their comfort zones, they’d still be where they were years ago, doing the same things over and over. But no, they didn’t settle for that kind of life. Their dreams were more important than their comfort.
Life threw challenges and obstacles at them. But they kept on. They kept fighting for their dreams. Sure, they made mistakes, and they failed countless times. But it did not deter them from their goals.
Their eyes were set on the prize far into the future. They knew what they had to do. And they knew that if they settled in their comfort zone, they’d never amount to anything. They’d never achieve their dreams.
Your true potential
Each of us has the potential to do great things. But if you remain trapped in your comfort zone, then you’re never going to know your true potential.
Imagine a bird trapped in a small cage. The bird knows it can fly, but for as long as it’s caged, it will never know just how high it can fly.
That bird is you. You’re trapped within your cage – it’s disguised as your comfort zone. Unlike a caged bird, the good news is that you can choose to leave your comfort zone. You’re just not willing to.
If you want to uncover your true potential, you will need to unlock your cage. That’s the first thing you need to do.
Learn new things
With your cage wide open, you can now feel the breeze on your face. You can now taste freedom. You can now go after your dreams.
But dreams can be fickle. One minute you see it so clearly, you feel like it’s within arm’s reach. Then the next minute, it’s far, far away.
If you want to accomplish your dreams quickly, you need to have a plan. Not just any old plan, but a solid, well-thought-out plan. A plan that may require you to learn new things and new skills.
In your comfort zone, you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn and try new things. No, in your comfort zone, you’ve already mastered everything. Trying new things made you edgy; it made you uncomfortable.
But outside your comfort zone, you don’t have such limitations. Outside your comfort zone, you’ll experience many opportunities that were previously not available to you.
It’s up to you to grab and hold onto those opportunities. They’ll build your skills and your knowledge. They’ll bring you closer to your goals. Look within, and you will find the courage to live your dream.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.