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Stepping out of the comfort zone

5 . 10 . 2018

It has been 30 years in the making. As long as I can remember, I was a beacon of hope, encouragement, and inspiration to the people around me. They came for advice, a hug, a shoulder, encouragement and so much more.

People always thought I’d become a psychologist simply because I have the gift of listening and offering solutions. At one point, however brief, I did entertain the thought of moving into that direction. Something held me back.

The years went by, I continued being me and doing what I do. You see, I have a gift to spread happiness wherever I go. Actually, I spread smiles and have a way of making people feel better even if it is just for a short time.

As I went into the world trying to find myself, my voice, my calling, I jumped from job to job and opportunity to opportunity. The whole time I found arguments to convince myself THIS is what I want to do. THIS is what I am meant to do. It was a lie. A lie I told myself because deep down I was scared. Denying my calling, my passion.

I was scared of not being good enough. I was scared of not having what it takes. I was scared of being successful. I was scared to move out of my uncomfortable comfort zone. I wasn’t happy in that fake comfort zone. It was a world of make-belief. The fears, the worries, the negative self-talk… all a lie to keep me ‘safe’.

The words we whisper to ourselves are so very powerful! The words we tell ourselves repeatedly will make or break us. They can lift us up or they can pull us down. They can tell us to get back up or stay down. They can cheer us on or crush us.

They are our words. Our power. Why don’t we use them to lift us up and cheer us on to be the very best we can be and follow our dreams and our heart? Why do we listen to those around us who have given up and made themselves comfortable in their misery? You see, for so many, their misery has become their comfort zone because it is what they are familiar with. They have learned to navigate within those perimeters. They have talked themselves into expecting negative things to happen. They have let fear poison their mind and thoughts with lies. They have let fear paralyze them. They have surrendered.

They know, one small change could turn their world around and bring the sunshine back into their life but the shackles of fear are holding them back. The shackles of fear are stopping them from daring to dip their tow outside their comfort zone. Is this you? Can you identify?

I know what it is like. I have lived there. It looks different for everybody but I imagine it feels the same.

Recently, while working yet another job I wasn’t truly passionate about, I made the decision. I decided to step out of my uncomfortable comfort zone and take a leap of faith. It was time to claim my power. This is when I decided to follow my heart and my passion. Is it scary? You BET! However, I refuse to let fear take over and pull me down. The scary cat inside my head no longer has a voice. It has been silenced by the voice that is excited to finally be free.

Since stepping out of that old comfort zone, so many amazing things have happened. No, I did not become a psychologist. Since it is all about mindset and I was able to shift mine, it is only naturally that I became a mindset coach. I still do what I have always done when folks came to me. The difference… Now I do it with purpose!

What is your dream? What’s in your heart? Step out of your comfort zone if it does not serve your calling. Nobody expects you to leap out of it like I did, take a baby step. Then another and another. Before you know it, you will be running!!!