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"But I Like My Comfort Zone"

It's called a "Comfort Zone" because it's comfortable! I'm referring to that complacency we all get into where our lives seem just fine. Nothing is really wrong. On the surface, all looks fine. After all, if I'm comfortable, why would I want to change?

Well, there are at least two good reasons why we periodically need to stretch ourselves out of that warm, comfortable groove in our everyday life. One reason is that we are constantly growing and changing as human beings and in order to grow, we need challenges. Remember, in life, there is no standing still. You're either moving forward or backward. We're either growing or dying. It's like the story of the coral along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The coral on the ocean side, being challenged by the winds, waves and elements, thrives and grows while the coral living on the serene bay side, with nothing to challenge it, withers and quickly dies.

The second reason to challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone, my friend, is that absolutely everything you want in your life, now and in the future, will require you to move out of your present comfort zone. If it didn't, then you'd already have it in your life. If you want a better relationship with your family, it will require you to do something that is out of your comfort zone. If you want to have more peace, serenity, joy or excitement in your life, you will have to stretch out of your zone and do something you're not presently doing. If you want some material thing like a new car or house, you will certainly have to take different action than you're now taking and if you want a better job, your own business or more money, you will surely need to stretch yourself out of the space you're presently in.

The payoff, however, is well worth the effort. The payoff is living a life beyond your wildest imagination. Forcing yourself to stretch, little by little, out of your comfort zone will result in your experiencing more of the good that life has to offer.

An added benefit is that, as you get in the habit of challenging yourself and begin to widen your circle of comfort, you will begin to grow in other areas as well. Very often the discipline you use to expand one area of your life can be carried over into other areas as well. The commitment to stretching your limits that gets you out of bed and into the health club in the morning is the same commitment that will stretch you to make one more sales call in your business at the end of the day. As you expand one area of your life, the others expand along with it. It is like an ever-widening circle. You have everything to gain by stretching out of your comfort zone so begin by taking the first step now.

-Jim Donovan
Jim Donovan is an author, speaker and coach who inspires people to go beyond where they are and reach their potential