We all get into our comfort zone from time to time and just sort of coast on life. There's no ripples, no changes, and after a while, it can become pretty boring.
That's where breaking out of your comfort zone can be so liberating.
Have you ever tried something way out of your self-perception, something scary and intimidating, but despite the self-doubt, you did it anyway? Do you remember your heart beating fast, the adrenaline rush and the exhiliration when it was over? Congratulations- you broke through your comfort zone and expanded your limits. This is such a necessary skill for personal growth and for dealing with stress.
One of the scariest and most memorable moments in my life was when I walked on hot coals during a firewalk. We had discussed fear for 4 hours. When I took that first step in my bare feet, I felt heat and then I relaxed into it. When I came off the long strip of coals, miraculously, my feet were not burnt at all…I had walked on fire and survived!
That experience was a turning point in my life. It is a reference point of going beyond my preconceived notions of my capabilities.
Every time I get scared now by a new challenge, I can look back on that firewalk and think- "You've got this."
What about you- what have you done that challenges you?