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Monday, October 25, 2021

Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

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When you take responsibility for your life, serendipitous events unfold and lead you to awaken your inherent wisdom. Getting out of your comfort zone is hard because as humans we have the tendency to expect the worst-case scenario of every situation within which we find ourselves. Your brain wants to keep you safe, so you have a natural bias towards any perceived or actual negative event.

When you’re evaluating whether or not to take action and you receive negative information, it influences you more strongly than equally positive information, restricting us from stepping out of our comfort zones. Although comfort brings with it, a sense of familiarity and calm, it does have a dampening effect on being curious, something we are naturally born to be. That means, curious about what is, curious about what was and ultimately curious about what’s next.

A comfort zone, though a beautiful place, but nothing really ever grows there.

Even so, your comfort zone is neither a good or bad thing. It’s a natural state that most people trend towards. Leaving it means increased risk and anxiety, which can have positive and negative results, and no your comfort zone is not something holding you back. We all need that head-space where we’re least anxious and stressed so we can process the benefits we get when we leave it.

Like any journey, the intention to reach one’s destination is typically heralded by a goal or a plan, though you may not anticipate the rough waters ahead. That is, you might have to sail your boat in uncharted waters to reach your final destination.

Life’s journey is filled with countless lessons, which many fail to concede when embroiled in their drama.

Technology has made great advancements in our world and the answers are now within seconds away from us but with such bombardment of technology, we are simply no longer thinking critically and as a result we have gotten lazy and our curiosity quotient has dropped significantly.

So much is missed and so much of life is missed out on by not raising your hand, your voice or your platform. It doesn’t have to be this way. Finding what peaks your curiosity is essential in stepping out of our comfort zones.

In Paulo Coelho’s acclaimed book The Alchemist, the young shepherd boy Santiago undertakes a quest around to traverse the world in order to find treasure and personal legend.

Ultimately as he draws to the end of his journey, he discovers his treasure was right where he started. He recognizes his trek across the world filled him with wisdom and a great deal of knowledge owing to the people he meets along the way. His journey has not been a waste of time, for he has gained much from his experience in search of his treasure.

I wish to remind you that contained within every effort, every step, and every so called failure draws you closer to your treasure — your pot of gold. Nothing is wasted. No effort has been in vain.

The experiences and emotional intelligence gained within our experiences into life becomes paramount, since it is defined by learning and inner growth, which becomes the focal point of pushing past your comfort level.  Push yourself out of your comfort zone frequently, and the stresses you impose on yourself should range from low to high (just not chronic). With repetition, you’ll prove to your body and mind that everything is just fine on the other side, if not better.

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Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)https://fokawrites.com
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, web designer/developer, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World. P.S. Not necessarily in that order.
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