Do You Want To Live Life In the Comfort Zone or Full of Courage?
Being comfortable allows you to be in a space where everything is familiar, easy and safe. You surround yourself with the kind of routine that allows you to get through the day-to-day on autopilot. And a “time to make the doughnuts” (if you’re grew up in the *80s, you’ll get this reference!) thought process happens.
Your routine can become so familiar you can do it in your sleep. You don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to take risks or be vulnurable.
But where does that lead you?
It’s Okay to Want More
I know for me, I had reached a point in my life where I knew I wanted more. Overall, I was happy with my life, but the urge to write and step into fulfilling my gifts, continued to speak to me.
I was doing the day job thing but the whispers kept showing up for me to feed my creative outlet. But for so long, I chose comfort because of well, fear and wanting to be comfortable.
Why step into unfamiliar territory to learn something new, put myself out there and be vulnerable? Why try writing or podcasting, when I am “not an artist” or creative? D o I worry about what others would say about me?
It sooooooo much easier to stay in the comfort zone. Our bodies are so easily wired that way because it acts as a form of protection. It protects us from being hurt. It protects us from being judged. And it protects us from being seen. And we often think that living in protection is the safest and easiest for us.
Listenting To The Whispers
But if we are in a continuous land of comfort, how do we grow? How do we open up ourselves to opportunities and possibilities?
I tried quieting the whispers to write and podcast for so long! The funny thing with the whispers is they will grow louder and begin to roar in order to get you attention. IAt one point I could no longer ignore them.
I had to decide to choose courage over comfort and put myself out there. All of the writing stored on my computer was not going to read themselves. . So many fears kept creeping up inside. From fear of failure, rejection, showing up, being judged and everything in between. But if I held onto those fears, I would never put my work out there or know the impact I could have on someone reading my words or the abundant possibilities that would come my way.
And there is so much abundance available to you.. So much awaits you that too often you stop yourself before it gets good….before the magic starts to happen…as I like to call it.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
I want you to think about this: have you ever wanted to step out of your comfort zone but comfort keeps pulling you back like a returning love that keeps showing up over and over again?
Do you have that desire that there just might be something waiting for you on the other side of the comfort zone but comfort keeps you so warm and cozy by the fire that you don’t want to even try to extinguish the flames?
Do you ever have that gnawing feeling that yeah, I should be doing that—- whatever THAT is — but you allow the comfort zone of distractions to keep your vision blurred and hazy?
Being comfortable feels so good, right? BUT it’s not always good for you. At some point, you have to get away from the comfort zone otherwise it will leave you traveling the easy road of routine and humdrum.
How To Choose Courage Over Comfort?
Choosing comfort over courage is never easy but you can begin to take some steps to move you forward. Now, everyone’s steps will look different but you can figure out what works best for you.
- Listen to the whispers: the whispers are always speaking to you and guiding you to where you need to be. This could be in your personal life, relationships, business or anything in between. As Oprah mentions, life is always speaking to you. Pay attention to the whispers, hunches or synchronicities because they are always sending you messages that will require you to tap into courage.
- Adjust your mindset: Your mind is one of the most powerful gifts you have. However, you have been so conditioned to think one way, it can be hard to realize that you can adjust your mindset and approach life a different way. Adjusting your mindset allows you to start thinking about the comfort zone in a new way. You begin to be open to possibilities, taking risks and understanding that courage can carry you every step of the way.
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable: You have probably heard this phrase many times. Being comfortable is safe and easy. Being uncomfortable is unknown and scary. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable is where the magic happens. The more you feel the discomfort and uneasiness of trying new things, whatever that might be, the more you are tapping into courage. You will begin to see yourself doing things you never thought possible. Will it always be easy? No, but one small step each day leads to big changes.
Comfort and Courage?
You may wonder if you can do both comfort and courage….but like Brene Brown says you cannot do both. It has to be one or the other.
Courage has to come roaring from within to guide you into the beautiful unknown and show you the possibilities of the best version of yourself.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how to choose courage over comfort. Leave a comment below or send me a DM via Instagram. I would love to hear from you!
I created a choose courage daily journal to help along your journey and help you discover how brave you can really be. You can purchase it on Amazon.
Love and Courage,