Leaving the Comfort Zone

Leaving the comfort zone demands a cost. It isn’t free to leave. Your brain will not want to leave. It will make you pay for trying to leave.

It’s almost like a toll, or a tax. In order to take the leap of faith, you have to trade something for it. This is often your peace of mind, sense of security, your certainty.

Leaving the comfort zone is paid in anxieties. Large and small anxieties that come and go. This is the price. You’ll be challenged to do things you don’t want to do, to face up to your fears.

Before you leave the comfort zone your mind will do everything in its power to prevent you from doing so. It will throw up roadblocks, give you multiple reasons to stay where you are. Your first payment is to resist believing your mind.

As you leave the comfort zone, your anxiety will spike. You are, after all, stepping into the unknown. So feeling anxiety in these moments is unavoidable. In fact, it’s essential. it keeps you safe. Don’t resist it. Accept that anxiety is the price you must pay to facilitate this growth. To feel discomfort is to grow, to adapt, to change. Embrace this feeling, as it is the one that will change you most of all.

Finally, when you’ve been outside of the comfort zone for long enough, you will generate a new comfort zone. Where you were before will seem laughable, as you now find comfort in what used to be discomfort. This is the surest sign of development. You have conquered something the old you never could.

Leaving the comfort zone demands a cost. But it is a price worth paying.

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