Thursday, January 16, 2014

Comfort zones are for the birds.

How often do you step outside of your comfort zone? To put something really out there? To throw caution to the wind, run at something with full force and see what happens? Right or wrong, failure or success - you just do it.

I was told today that I should try it more. The context was in the realm of sport but why not apply it to life? If you're going to go for something, really go for it - why not let it embody everything you do?

Too often I sit back and calculate what feels right, what feels comfortable. Sure I'm willing to go out on a limb and try things for the first time. I'll face fears and challenge status quo's with the best of them. But after you expose yourself to something new, how often do you push the envelop of that experience? Do you have to continue to remind yourself that you want more? That you're willing to put more of yourself out there? Or does it just come naturally?

It takes a mindful awareness. A conscious decision. A playfulness, a curiosity that goes beyond the "box."

This is going to be my resolve this year. Pushing the envelop. Trying new things. Keeping a beginners mind, and going for it with gusto in spite of failure or success. If you want something, truly want it, you've got to be willing to do what ever it takes.

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