Thoughtful Thursdays: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
By Candice Aiken.
A few months ago, the beautiful Elena Brower posted a ‘mindful smack’ vlog on where comfort ends, life begins. This has been playing on my mind ever since as I have been moving in and out of my comfort zone. Thankfully, the universe has my back so it has been ever so kind to whack me across the head with such obvious signs. As such, I have been stumbling across this very quote, over and over and over again lately… I GET IT, OK!?
I have experienced the edge of my comfort zone many times over the last ten years and in particular over the past two. I believe that the growth of a person is dependent upon their willingness to move out of their comfort zone and into the uncomfortable/unknown. All it takes is a little faith, trust and of course a ton of love (for ourselves and for those around us). Keeping my beliefs at the front of my mind, I have successfully pushed through on many occasions and experienced and accomplished some pretty cool things. However, regardless of my previous experience with easing out of the ‘zone’ and into life, I still have moments where I hesitate and am paralysed with fear.
In fact, as I write this, I am experiencing the very edge of my comfort zone… yet again. So, why am I feeling slightly hesitant this time? A little bit of fear of the unknown, a tiny ounce of uncertainty but mostly, I am absolutely frightened about my ability to achieve EXACTLY what I put my mind to. Silly right? I should be completely 100% thrilled about this exciting time in my life with all these opportunities, ideas & fun decisions to make… not hesitant! I should be confident and sure of myself that because I have done it before, I can do it again! Don’t get me wrong, the excitement is totally there and I know the universe will conspire to make anything I desire happen for me. But because of that deep knowing I can achieve it, the fear is still peaking its little head out from underneath the large cloud of fear.
Marianne Williamson put it best when she said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” Right on, sister! Thankfully, now I know from past experiences to take whatever changes I plan on making and whatever new endeavours I am stepping into, in little baby steps and not ridiculously scary giant leaps, which will inevitably keep me trapped in the comfort zone.
If you too are at the edge of your comfort zone, please know this… the universe totally has your back and will conspire to make happen whatever it is that you wish to achieve. As soon as you step out of your comfort zone, your life will begin!
Are you currently at the end of your comfort zone but paralysed with fear which is holding you back? What small steps can you take now to get you closer to experiencing the best life you can possibly live?
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