The Art of Expanding the Comfort Zone
We often hear that growth exists outside the comfort zone.
We also hear things like "fake it till you make it" but find it hard to understand and implement.
So, often when we want to create growth, we feel like we have to force ourselves to step outside of our current comfort zone.
When we forcefully step outside our comfort zone, initially it may feel euphoric. Interestingly, however, an all or nothing phenomenon starts happening.
We feel like we have to be totally outside the comfort zone to achieve growth and success, but then when we are outside the comfort zone and something unfamiliar happens, we feel unsafe and feel like we need to completely retreat back into our comfort zone to feel safe again.
Now this all or nothing phenomenon starts to develop into a yo-yo pattern. No matter how euphoric it feels in the short term, it's not sustainable as a growth strategy for the long term.
This yo-yo pattern actually indicates that the mindset behind a particular goal hasn't been expanded yet- so the strategic actions being taken in the short term aren't creating sustainable long term, authentic growth.
There is a difference between the saying that growth is outside the comfort zone and the truth I've found that growth is in the process of EXPANDING the comfort zone.
For long lasting results and sustainable growth, it's important to not just step out of the comfort zone, but actually EXPAND the comfort zone to include the new territory in the comfort and safety zone now, which earlier was outside the comfort zone.
This requires connecting with the version of you who is already in the expanded comfort zone, and merging with that version of you to become ONE with it!
It requires owning that part of you who is the expanded version of yourself- as the true and authentic version of you so you can honor it with love and respect.
Once you are one with that version of you who feels safe in the expanded comfort zone, you have more room to move around in. You can truly take the actions that are within the new expanded comfort zone, without having to force yourself to do anything!
Instead of being in the yo-yo pattern, now you can just be free to be you- the new expanded version of you, that is!
This is the method I recommend for creating consistent growth in an authentic and aligned way. This is what I've found to be a foundationally beautiful way of creating consistent long lasting growth in business and life!
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