Are you living a comfortable life? What is comfortable for you? How is that different from other people's level of comfort? We all want to reach certain goals, even if we don't have them well thought out or written down. But what are we willing to do to reach them? How willing are you to step outside of your comfort zone to achieve what you want?
When we spend your time with the same people, doing the same things, keeping the same routine, watching the same TV programs, driving the same way to work and back..... you know what I mean, we limit our opportunities for new experiences, new thoughts and new ways of doing things. We get into a rut (which is a lot like a coffin without a lid) which doesn't lend it self to a very exciting life.
We learn most about ourselves when we stretch ourselves, try something different, and get uncomfortable. In the space of discomfort we begin to look inward, reflect, and learn things about ourselves that are often pleasantly surprising. Here we find that we are actually stronger, wiser, funnier, more capable and confident that we realised. This provides a springboard to stretch yourself and your goals even further.
Last year I had an opportunity to walk on hot coals. I had the same fears that most people would have.... 'I won't be able to do it, I'm too scared, my feet will get burnt for sure'. But, in an environment where I was surrounded by other people who were prepared to give it a go, supportive staff and with the right preparation (mostly mental) I did it !!!! In fact I felt so great and almost invincible I did it 5 times!!! Now, I am not suggesting that you start up the BBQ and give it a go. Start with something simple. Speak up in a group where you normally wouldn't, change supermarkets, say 'I love you' first, sing in public, do one of those things that you say to others 'I couldn't possibly'.
Each time to get outside of your comfort zone you show yourself how amazing you really are.
You are capable!! You have the potential!! You have my support!!
What will you do to stretch yourself?