Transformation Happens When We Push Through Our Comfort Zone

Our transformational journey and personal growth will be tested many times by the decisions we make about getting outside our comfort zone. Most people do not like getting outside their comfort zone and deliberately make some changes to their life. Throughout various times in my life I have stayed inside this comfort zone. However, the truth is that our greatest growth in life comes from pushing through our present comfort zone.
This process starts at birth. A baby feels safe, warm, and secure in its mother’s womb. However, to stay there much longer than the gestation period would mean certain death for both the mother and child. Life began for all of us as we left the comfort and security of the womb and faced the strange and unfamiliar world outside. Our first breath is often a painful experience and a cry of protest at the temporary discomfort. Yet, without this experience, a baby's life would be very short.

Each milestone of growth and accomplishment for a young child involves leaving an existing comfort zone. The first crawl, the first step, many new first experiences all push from the familiar comfort zone into the unknown. For the child the process of pushing through their area of comfort leads to increasing independence and the formation of their unique personality and character. This foundational principle continues into adult life. But, what is so amazing to watch in children is that they don't look at these developmental stages as getting outside their comfort zones. Babies and children are just living in the moment and doing what is natural. We, as adults, have a lot to learn from babies and toddlers.

A child's risk of falling when taking those first faltering steps is high. Yet, what a transformation there is to a child's life once they have mastered the skill of walking. Their lives will never be the same again as limitless possibilities are opened up for them now that they can walk. The falls and tumbles are soon forgotten and overshadowed by their new adventures and experiences. They have pushed through their comfort zone. 
In order to enrich our life, it is necessary to step out of our present comfort zone. Personal growth occurs when a person moves out of their area of comfort and into the unknown challenge of a fresh experience. There is a stage of risk and discomfort before any significant growth in our life. For each of them comes a point where we hold back and resist. It becomes easier to remain static and comfortable than to keep moving forward.

So, what holds us back? Well, whenever we consider taking on a new project, or venture, or we want to put ourselves out there we will feel fear. FEAR is natural and is to be expected. It is our body's way of letting us know we are moving out of our comfort zone. Fear can alert us to possible threats and dangers. However, unlike our cave men predecessors, many of the threats today are not life threatening. Fear can warn you and enable you to be more aware and cautious, but they don't need to stop you from progressing. If you want to move forward on the journey towards where you want to be, you will have to confront your fears. Unfortunately, many people will allow fear to stop them. Therefore, they don't achieve their goals and aspirations.
Fear does not feel comfortable and many people want to avoid it at all costs. Everyone experiences fear. However, people who want to be successful feel the fear and do it anyway! Fear is part of the package. Yes, there is always a risk of failure, but that needs to balance with the old phrase, "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained." What many people don't realize is that this fear is not real… It is all within them. 
If they only knew that "WHEN"  they get into 'ACTION' the fear disappears. Also, the good news is that once we have faced our fears and done it anyway, we have moved forward to a new place. Every time we push through and live out of our comfort zone, we will never be the same simply; because of our personal growth in leaving the comfort zone.
Pushing through to leave your comfort zone is hard work. Nature demonstrates that graphically for us. The chick pecking its way out of the shell, the butterfly struggling from its cocoon, illustrates how that struggle is necessary in order to bring life, growth, success, and personal growth. I, personally, have experienced these kinds of struggles as I allowing myself to push through uncomfortable stage.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. US Supreme Court Justice, once said: 

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

I believe this is true of not only our mind, but also of who we are as unique people. Life moves into a new dimension through each experience and each transition that we go through in life. However, once we have been through this personal growth of pushing through our comfort zone, we can NEVER go back to original starting place.  We are now a different person with a different level of consciousness.

However, there is also the possibility that once we have pushed through our comfort zone into a new place of growth, we rest there too long there, and will create a different comfort zone!  I encourage you to keep pushing through and moving forward towards growing your uniqueness and living your life fully as you push through your comfort zone into the world of possibilities. 
1. Please leave your comments below and tell me how I can assist you in getting out of your comfort zone.
2. Please leave a comment telling me of a time when you pushed your comfort zone, what happened, and what you were able to accomplish in your personal growth journey.

Are You Taking Life Changing Responsibility for Your Future?

I am in a coaching program and today our mentor gave us a dose of "tough love" on the subject of taking personal responsibility for our future. I needed to hear that message from her, as I have not been playing 'full out' to create my future to what I want it to be by creating financial freedom. This is a personal growth issue for me and it made me think about taking responsibility for my future. Therefore, I decided to write about it.

How well are you doing with taking responsibility for your future? Is the way you live your life a “life changing opportunity”? Are you living a “life by default” (which means a life where you are just going through the motions) or are you creating “a life by design”? That means that you know what you want to create in your future, you’ve found the vehicle that will get your to your chosen destination, and you are taking immediate action with a game plan.  You are creating your future financial success.

 Is your future yours OR is it someone else's?  That may sound like a strange question to you. However, lots of people have difficulty claiming their future.  Most people really do not have an action plan that will get them to their destination? So, do YOU own your future?
1.  I know what matters most to me.  I am clear about what I want in my life and I honor my inspirations when I am following my path.
2.  I take full responsibility of my past present and future.  Everything that has happened in my past, my present, and my future is a result of the choices that I have made, the thoughts I’ve thought, the beliefs that I’ve had, and the actions I’ve taken. 
3.  When bad things happen in my life I understand that I am the sole creator of those situations — even the really bad things. Can you take responsibility for these things even when they don't "seem" like your fault?
4.  I spend time each day creating my future.  I visualize events happening just the way I would want them to and I take actions each day that are inspired by my decision to follow my bliss. 
5.  I am a “responder” versus a “reactor”.  (Learning to “respond” requires inner power and “reacting” means you’re giving your power away).  I choose to respond to my life which means that I choose my thoughts and emotions in each situation. I support and honor the goals and vision that I want to achieve.  When I have thoughts and emotions that are not in line with what I want, I deliberately change them because they will contribute to my personal success.
6. Creating my future is a never ending process that never "gets done". Therefore, I freely give up the burden of having to accomplish anything with pain.  Instead I choose to create with joy.  
7.  I understand that my future goals are more than just a destination. My future depends on my  choice to set goals that matter to me and I learn from them as I evolve.  I am the student, the teacher in my life, and a life-long learner. 
If you answered “YES” to 7 of these questions; then, you own and claim your future! You are making each moment a “life changing opportunity”. Therefore, you need to take pride in the thoughts, beliefs, and actions because it’s first step to creating the life that you desire.  If you answered “NO” to any of these questions consider integrating them into your life and be sensitive to the changes that occur in you life because of it. 

I want to encourage you to take total personal responsibility for your future. You are the only one that can claim your future and own your future. However, until you make a decision to make this a “life changing opportunity” to own your future; you will give your power away to someone or something else. 
If you need to hire a coach or mentor to help you create the future you want, you might consider doing this. This is an investment in your personal growth. This is 'your life' and you are the only one that can change it. I've learned that nobody is coming to save me. LOL!  
Think about what it means to "own" something.  You have power over that thing.  You make the decision about how that thing will serve you whether it is your car, your house, or your “online business.”  What kind of internal shift would you make just by making the statement that you "own your future"? 
Your future is there to serve you; and not for you to serve it.   This perspective will make you a very powerful creator.  Therefore, you need to become a conscious creator today; and claim your future by owning it. 
Please leave your comment below and tell me what you learned and how I can assist and serve you.