Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Today’s article is a poem (author unknown) that my friend, Sandy Rogers shared with me in a workshop years ago she was conducting on marketing.

I used to have a comfort zone, where I knew I could not fail.
The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before.
But I stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter, that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like diamonds, cars and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside my zone.
But deep inside I longed for some victory of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by,  just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside to let the change begin.
I took a step and with a strain I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners at one time were filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
So greet your future with a smile, SUCCESS IS THERE FOR YOU!

No matter how successful we become nor how high we’ve risen in life, we’re still operating inside of the ‘space’ in which we feel comfortable.  Continue to press against the edges of your space.   Confront your fear.  Face the tiger.

When you’re standing on the precipice of an enormous emotional cliff, step out on faith and know that you’ll either land on new solid ground or learn to fly.

I LOVE success stories.  Please leave a comment and share your story of landing on new solid ground or learning to fly.

2 thoughts on “Get Out of Your Comfort Zone”

  1. Getting Out of My Comfort Zone.
    Anita Welbon, Chicago, IL

    My comfort zone was retaining control of my life, which meant never allowing myself to be in a dependent situation. However, during the presidential election I met a man from Manchester, England, who offered me an opportunity to travel with him to Las Vegas and San Francisco. I had a free airline ticket that would allow me to meet him in Las Vegas and continue to San Francisco, but not the resources to cover my expenses in those cities or to return to Chicago. My mind said no, but my heart said take a chance.

    I took the chance and had the adventure of my life. Not only did I enjoy his company and meeting the many people we encountered along our journey together, but he shared with me the one thing I truly needed to hear. He encouraged me to write our story, saying that if I gave only 10% effort, the return would be 50%. He believed in me and my ability to make a difference in the world through writing. That same evening we met Loretta Love Huff who had self-published her own book and seemed to be a sign that I should take the plunge into a writing life that I had dreamed about for thirty years.

    Doubts, fears and distractions delayed my actions, but this summer I had no more excuses. I began writing our story. However, one day, in the midst of writing the rough draft of “our story,” I wrote another story as a way to transmute an aggravating situation that was driving me crazy. I was so pleased with the result, I decided to set up a blog and publish the story. I e-mailed friends, family and colleagues to announce the publication of my first blog story. The response was immediate and positive.

    For the first time I experienced the thrill of publishing. I had no idea what a rush writing and publishing could be, although I’ve taught literature for almost twenty years. I received what I needed to continue to write: the knowledge that what I wanted to say through writing an audience wanted to hear.

    My efforts of writing this summer exceeded my expectations. Now I know what the true reward of following your heart is. No matter what you think you’re going for, when you do what your heart desires, you discover that not only will you land on new solid ground, but from that new ground you can fly!

  2. Hi Anita
    I remember meeting you in San Francisco that night. What a great time we all had!

    Thank you for sharing your story with me that night, again here and on your own blog!

    Stepping out really DOES pay off!

    What’s is your blog’s address?

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