Are you complacent? Are you living in a comfort zone where you aren’t stretching yourself to be the best that you can be?
Too often we get in a rut and accept where we are as where we need to be. But by doing that we don’t grow and we don’t push ourselves. Being comfortable is easy. To stretch forces us to grow, learn and be more than we are.
I really try to push my comfort boundaries. To try new things. Perhaps it’s just a new way of doing something familiar. Or perhaps it’s trying something totally unfamiliar. Whatever it is that I do, I usually am much better off for having tried it.
The first step of any new endeavor is tough. We might fail. We might make fools of ourselves. Or we might just succeed. And how great would that feel?
Get out of your comfort zone and reach for something new and exciting.
We’re human. We’re going to make mistakes. I have to admit it. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and failed many times in my life. In all areas of my life.
But I know one thing. I’ve always learned lessons from my mistakes. And those lessons have been invaluable in my life. They’ve made me a better and stronger person. I’m proud of who I am and what I’ve learned along the way. Will I continue to make mistakes? Sure, I will. But hopefully, I will continue to learn as I go through life.
When we learn from our mistakes, we do better the next time. We only fail when we ignore things and continue to plod through life without learning and growing.
Life lessons are some of the best lessons. They may not feel like it at the time, but they are. Don’t resist learning from your mistakes. Don’t be too proud to learn either. Embrace the mistakes in your life and determine how you could have approached things differently. Live your best life.
It’s a new month. Are you making important changes to your life yet in this new decade?
Or are you complacent? Content with your lot in life. I hope not.
Change can be scary. People like their routines. They are familiar. And comfortable. But we need to constantly push ourselves in new directions to be our best selves and to live fully.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
This year I’m resurrecting my writing career. I put it on hold seven years ago when I lost my husband after a very brief illness. Life descended on me. Suddenly I was in charge of keeping everything going. Talk about pushing me out of my comfort zone. But I did what I needed to do, and I learned a lot. However, there was no time to write. Only to do. To stay afloat.
But now I’m ready to stretch myself again with my writing. Yes, it’s scary. I’m rusty. Really rusty. Technology has moved forward in those seven years and things which were once fairly familiar to me have changed drastically. It’s a learning curve to get back up to speed. New writing packages. New ways of reaching readers. New resources which weren’t available years ago. It can seem daunting at times. But it’s also exciting.
Don’t let your fears sideline you. You are capable of achieving your dreams and desires. But you have to be willing to try.
If these last seven years have taught me one thing it is the fact that none of us are guaranteed the next moment. Life changes in the blink of an eye, the sigh of a breath. Why live a life of less than you deserve or want? Decide what will push you out of the familiar and into uncharted waters. Take that first step. Then push yourself further. It all starts with a dream. And idea. A goal. You can do it.
I challenge you today to make a commitment to yourself to try something new or to pick up something you put aside and give it another go. Don’t be satisfied with where you are in life. Reach for your dreams.