I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do. ~ J. R. Martinez
For most humans who are a functioning and sometimes even non functioning parts of society, we all have parts to play that keeps the ball rolling. But what is even more common amongst all of us is a means to cope with our existence.
Even if you don’t know it all of us have some sort of addiction, hobby or means of escape from this reality. Something that triggers our imagination or senses, reading a book takes you on a journey through the author’s manifestation, the characters, the places and colours.
While some experience transcendental states while they gyrate to the beats of music they love or some have a similar experience just listening to the lyrics of their favorite songs.
There are also people who like to make a mix and put it either into a paper or into a vaporizer to calm themselves down or get creative. Some choose meditation or yoga, all these activities have now become an integral part of our existence and routine.
Try Something New
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy
We do this either to escape, get our space or to get into a moment we desire. What if one day we decide to break out of this pattern of escape or being found, this space where we feel at home or comfortable. How would life change then?
The first question popping up in your head probably is, why? Why should I stop something that keeps me going?
Although it may not sound very convincing especially with the cognitive dissonance kicking in, but this habit has now become part of your comfort zone because it gives you the peace, or the happiness that you desire. It could also take you to higher realms or states of consciousness.
This is the spiral or cycle that you’re on, where you aren’t gaining the experiences to thrust you forward in your personal growth because you’re too busy preparing for your yoga class or getting wasted.
So the moment you decide to stop this routine of yours, even if it is for a month. Its kind of like hitting reset, you start off from scratch wondering what should I do to make me happy or cope up with my environment now.
If you want to grow, you need to explore other means of getting there, so ponder about what you would do if the one thing you enjoy the most was taken away from you? Not by me or somebody you know, its not something that needs to be taken away forcefully.
So before going to bed today ask yourself why do you do what you do? Is this the best version of the life you want to live, and if the answer is yes, you’re holed up in your comfort zone. If the answer is no, what part of you do you need to heal or change for you to keep growing?
The answers aren’t going to come in when you’re stagnant. Its time for you to step off the treaded path and into the wild. Good luck!