Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nov 13, 2019

Are you ready to break out of your comfort zone?⁠

We all have layers of protection around us that we’ve built up over the years. The layers could include a job we’re not passionate about but pays well, a relationship that is no longer resonant with us but we’re afraid to leave, or even a persona we’ve been playing that no longer fits us. These layers of protection keep us safe (or so we believe), but they also keep us small and frozen.⁠

I remember when I broke my leg, I had it in a full leg cast for 10 weeks with my knee bent. When the doctor took the cast off, he told me to straighten my leg. Are you kidding me?! No way – it was incredibly painful. When we build up these layers of protection, we put ourselves in a cast. When we start breaking through those layers of protection, it can be very uncomfortable or even painful.⁠

In order to break out of those layers, we have to do something that shocks our system; that’s why people so often have wake up calls that show up in the form of a divorce, a bankruptcy or something else extreme. People often choose to stay stuck because they want to avoid that discomfort and pain. We’re addicted to not wanting to feel discomfort, so we push it down until a shocking wake up call forces us to move.⁠

Know that the discomfort will pass, but it’s a necessary step to get to the other side of where you want to be. I choose to stay in that semi-uncomfortable state of changing and awakening all the time so it doesn’t feel so shocking to my being. I believe that to keep breaking out of those layers of protection is the only way to evolve.⁠

Is there a part of you that’s ready to break open?

[Photo credit: Daniel Johnson]


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