It’s the life created that feels like a soft fleece sheet we can snuggle up with at any time. Or a room with invisible bars that keeps us protected.
We feel secure and content in our world.
It can feel great …for a while, but then it can start to feel uncomfortable, claustrophobic, scratchy, and too small. When the “uncomfies” arrive, you’re realizing that it’s time to open the doors and seek out something new and different — it’s time to make a change.
Purposely moving forward with change can be (and usually is) scary because we’re moving into something unfamiliar. But without change, nothing will, um, change. How can you learn something new, build your business, or move toward your dream if you don’t step out of what you know to try something you don’t?
Think about the quote from Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” We can’t expect great things if we’re in settled in with “okay” or “good enough.” We can’t expect to make money for our business if we aren’t doing any sales or marketing.
Moving out of the comfort zone doesn’t have to be a large step. It can be as easy as deciding to move forward. Then you figure out the next step. Perhaps it’s sharing your goal with a friend (someone to inspire you and help you stay excited). A step could be writing the dream down, then figuring out all the things needed to achieve the dream.
Moving out of a comfort zone could be learning new features on a smartphone, learning a new piece of software, saying ‘hello’ to someone as you pass them on the sidewalk or in the store, signing up for a class, making a phone call, trying anything unfamiliar (food, music, commenting on social media, and so on).
If we stay in our comfort zone, we can miss out on business-building and social opportunities. We can become lethargic, bored, uninspired, and willing to settle. There is so much out there in the world to explore and see and experience – and we don’t need to try to grab it all, just (at least) try things that interest us.
Why not start today? Take a step out of what feels comfortable toward what you desire (and that currently feels uncomfortable).
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.