When was the last time you challenged yourself?
When was the last time you did something that you had either never seriously entertained before or previously felt was beyond you?
(And I mean this in the nicest possible way. This post is not mean to make you feel bad. This post is meant to challenge your perception of yourself and for just a moment really reflect on where you sit within or beyond your comfort zone).
What was the last thing that you did that pushed you beyond what you thought you were capable of, or what the voice in your head was telling you that you can't do, you're not good enough, you're not worthy, your'e not strong enough, brave enough, smart enough, educated enough, successful enough?
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek - Rumi.
For most of us, we choose safety and familiarity and comfort. It's just how we are.
And we can cruise along here. Do what is expected of us. Do what we know we can do. Do what we think is enough to get by. Tick the boxes. Mark off the milestones.
But it's when we push ourselves beyond our comfort zone that we can truly get to know ourselves and experience life in a completely different way.
Being connected to our true self and living according to what is really important (not what this society might be trying to tell us) and not worrying about what other people think (we just need to spend less time worrying about other people and more time focusing on our own good selves) and what happens if we fail (the answer here is you pick yourself up and dust yourself off and learn and grow and correct and just keep trying - because there is no failure, there is simply experience) - it is from this space that we learn to aim high and beyond what we ever thought possible and we tap into the wisdom and courage to push hard against our own self inflicted boundaries.
This is where life is truly lived - outside of the comfort zone.
How are you going to challenge yourself today? What thing can you do? What goal can you set? What dream can you dream?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
hatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“
Thank you for all of the comments on last week's post about the intentional and focused 5am starts for the day. I was deeply touched by all of your comments and incredibly heartened to hear of the difference this simple practice was making to so many of your lives. If you have't had a crack at doing your morning differently, maybe you could use this as an opportunity to practice getting outside of your comfort zone 🙂
Remember - pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone doesn't have to be something as extreme a sky dive... but by all means give it a go!
All genuine effort will always be rewarded - often in completely unexpected ways.
Fiona Redding is the founder of The Happiness Hunter, life & business strategist, mentor, consultant and speaker. She is also co-host of#BusinessAddicts – the podcast. As an holistic visionary, Fiona’s gift is to get to the beating heart of your life purpose and business strategy, to help set your direction and map out the steps you need to take to get you there, whilst empowering you with the strategies, tools and mind-set shifts required to live an abundant, successful and happy life, with passion, joy and meaning.