This morning while reading professional development articles online I came across a webinar that discussed challenging your comfort zone. I quickly skimmed through the webinar slides, scanning the pages for valid points and ultimately I downloaded the handout and decided to read it.
After reading the handout I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to things that I’m not particularly fond of or aren’t very knowledgeable of I am not too quick to take part in them. If the subject being discussed is not a topic I’m familiar with much of the time I find it hard to even gather the appropriate information about the topic to obtain knowledge of it. It’s as if a wall comes up as the conversation moves along and somewhere along the way my brain’s new knowledge switch gets turned off. I also found out that I avoid exciting things, things that get your adrenaline rushing such as parasailing, rock climbing, impromptu getaways etc. Honestly, while answering the questions on the list of items that included most outdoor activities I chose the option of “have no interest in” for each and every selection.
But when it comes to things that I enjoy such as reading, writing or journaling I will join a group, start and participate in discussions and even attend meetups. I’m always ready to do family related activities or participate in book sales, volunteer at work or learn more about things in which I am actively involved Due to my extensive history in administrative assistance I have a strong desire to serve and assist others as much as possible and this shows up in much of my life. I quickly jump into action when assistance is needed whether it is family, friends or strangers.
After jotting down some notes and taking inventory of what I consider to be my comfort zone. I am now fully aware that I stick strictly to my comfort zone. Not only am I in a box, the box is sealed with duct tape.
But with the realization also comes the realization that many of the opportunities I dream of encountering I will never get to experience because of my “in the box” mentality. How does the saying go?
If you always do what you‘ve always done, you will always get what you‘ve always got
How can I say that I want to experience something new, exciting, different, something that elevates me to the next level if as far as I am willing to go is as far as I’ve already been?
So now it’s time to challenge my comfort zone and think outside the box.
Plan of action
Reconstruct my “box” …tear it down if necessary (
most likelydeconstructing the box will be necessary)
On that note…I found this quote and I love it. I think it speaks to the very existence of what needs to be done!
To change one’s life…. Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions