When you change nothing, nothing changes. When life reaches a point where every day is like the day before, things get comfortable. You know what is expected from you, what you expect from people, and what you will achieve that day. But in the long run, your achievements will be minimal in relation to the number of days you lived.
So why wait for the change to happen when the factor that is needed is you. You need to change to enforce change. You need to do things differently to get higher results or, at least, something else. Yes, we are all guilty of taking the back seat in our lives but we shouldn’t settle because there are many things out there that can be achieved.
Things you wanted to do before you turned 30 shouldn’t be a list thrown away. Even though 15 year old you is only living in the past, you owe him/her some respect towards their desires; he/she is still a part of you. When change happens, everything happens.
Your comfort zone is like your home. You feel comfortable in it and you stop growing. You stop learning, and you stop expanding your horizon. The world is continuously changing and people who follow these trends and accept these changes are no longer prisoners of their fear. Fear of change and fear of growth.
But how can you be the factor that induces this growth? Takes you from one phase in life to another? First, you need to accept the challenge and know your strengths and weaknesses. You need to identify what you want done, face your biggest fear, your demons, head on. You need to take one step outside your comfort zone. Feel uncomfortable: it won’t kill you.
There are many cliche sayings such as “think outside the box” and “there is no box” and “be the change you want to see in the world,” but in my opinion, the best is “There is no spoon”. Yes, there is no spoon because the boundaries and your fear is all in your head. For example, let’s assume I am afraid to present in front of a big group. It’s not an impossible task; many people are capable of doing it and yet my speech starts to slur and I feel like I’m having a nervous breakdown. Now, this contains me in a little bit, taking away possibilities and choices, and reduces my skills by one skill. Imagine that this goes on to include more skills: networking, socializing, report writing, too scared to watch movies that have to do with death, too scared to read books that have more than 300 pages. These are all restrictions on ME. I am actively putting myself in jail and making it smaller by these ridiculous constraints that nobody placed but myself.
So why do it?
Because it’s too scary?
Well, outside is where the magic happens. Where possibilities are infinite and everything is within reach. Stepping outside your comfort zone may be hard to start, but after a few steps and familiarizing yourself with your new surroundings, you have a new bigger comfort zone. One that may have included one thing you consider “magic.” And you take another step out, and you grow your comfort zone, thereby including more magic in your life.
Stepping outside your comfort zone doesn’t necessarily mean meeting new people, it could mean doing something different. Skiing, skateboarding, traveling, meditating, taking a journey inwards, taking a journey outwards, reading a new genre, it doesn’t matter. It only matters that you made the effort to change your days and understand that perception is everything. You are the only one binding you with unnecessary limits in a place where there are no limits.
Think. Step outside. Grow. Find your magic. And remember, there is no spoon.