Dare to Explore: The Magic in Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in awhile; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.” ~ Edward Whiteacre, Jr.

There are different types of comfort.

The comfort of a delicious chai tea, foamy at the top, with just the right amount of sweetness. Reading your favorite book, curled up on a comfy couch. Cuddling your fur baby. Laughing with those you love. These comforts are comforts of truth, desire, love.

Then there is another kind of comfort. A comfort that is dangerous to your psyche, your soul, and to living a life based on your heart’s desire. Staying in a relationship with a guy that you know in your gut isn’t for you, but thinking it’s better than nothing. Staying at a job that doesn’t light you up, way beyond that internal deadline, because you fear doing something different and failing. Playing small in your business and not sharing your heart for fear of rejection.

These are comforting in some ways but it’s because they don’t require you to die a certain death. They allow you to stay the same and be the same. When we entertain too many comforts from this fear-based zone, a little part of our soul spark dims. We feel disconnected from our truth and we feel sad anyway.

This is what I like to call a lose-lose. We stay in the comfort of the same old but we don’t risk seeing what’s on the other side of the fear.

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