Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell
Music and The Spoken Word 2.24.13
When was the last time you tried something you had never done before?
As creatures of habit, we tend to eat the same foods, take the same route
home from work, and surround ourselves with the same people every day.
There's comfort in the familiar-that's why we call it our "comfort zone."
But how many of the world's great achievements resulted from playing it
safe? Accomplishments-including personal growth-happen only when we lengthen
our stride, challenge ourselves, and reach out just a bit.
The child who learns to ride a bike, the grandmother who takes up oil
painting, the student who enrolls in a difficult class-all leave their
comfort zones to fulfill a dream. As a result, their lives became richer and
their outlook brighter.
A nurse once asked several terminally ill patients to share any regrets they
had at the end of their lives. She found that many felt they had not become
everything they could have been-that they had left too many songs unsung.
They wished they had lived up to their
potential.1 By hanging back, afraid to try something new, we risk facing
that same regret.
Often it's as simple as deciding to be a better listener or to perform a
small act of service every day. Speaking a kind word to a stranger, lifting
someone's spirits with a phone call-there are countless ways to try
Once we take that step into the unknown-even if it's a small step-we
discover that our comfort zone was actually holding us back. The
satisfaction of conquering our weaknesses, the joy of expanding our ability
to serve others, will more than make up for any "discomfort."
We may even discover some truth in the phrase "Life begins where your
comfort zone ends."