Confession number one:
I love being comfortable. I love homemade food, bare feet, familiar surroundings.
Confession number two:
Too much comfort, and I long for a change of pace that always begins with a great plan. I’m definitely an adventurer and frequently leave my comfort zone because I believe a little change can be good for us.
Being open for a little excitement and trying to not plan too far ahead leaves an opening in my schedule just in case an opportunity for fun comes a calling.
There are people who are born schedulers, they plan every step of their lives. What fun can that be? They know what to expect? No anticipation, it’s all there in the planning book.
Come on, be fearless, live life on the edge, take the leap out of your comfort zone!
Leaving your comfort zone means doing something you’re normally not comfortable with and hopefully conquer your fears.
Now, there are many ways to leave your comfort zone. It could be as simple as changing your daily routine. If you are the planner then maybe just try something new for breakfast or change your route to work. I plan on waking early and going for a walk before work (no, I’m not; it just sounded good).
If you are ready, take a deep breath and try to conquer one of your biggest fears (altitude, flying, snakes or other animals,etc). Note to self: Make sure that you do this slowly and in total security. For example I’d not try to touch a venomous snake just to conquer my fear, that would be stupid and dangerous. I do draw the line when it comes to snakes that bite, so find a non-venomous snake-and a friendly one.
If you are really brave turn off your computer and cell phone for a couple of days. Can you do it? Talk about being uncomfortable, some people will probably go through withdrawals. I recently left my cell phone at home while on a business trip. Two days without knowing what was going on in my world. I survived, in fact I enjoyed the freedom. My family, friends and the office all survived. Maybe they can live without me.
I recently tried giving up an addiction for a week and boy was I out of my comfort zone. Actually I only made it to day two of giving up Diet Coke, but made it to day three with the sugar addiction. I finally gave in when Sees Candy started with those commercials for Easter. What’s a poor sugar addict to do? I am weak when it comes to chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs, anything chocolate, really or anything covered with chocolate or looks like chocolate.
On a dare I left the house wearing something weird, or something that would catch anther’s attention, but it didn’t work. The joke was on them because I leave the house everyday that way.
Not out of my comfort zone with that one.
As much as I love the idea of breaking out of my comfort zone, I love the idea of bringing others (through my actions) out of theirs. Cooking something new for my family, something they never ate before is enjoyable for me, maybe not so much for them. But I tell them they must step be willing to try something new
I’m doing this for their own good. It hurts me more than it hurts them.
Then they got me. They waved the Marie Callender’s coupon in front of my face. Hamburger combo with a slice of pie! Dang it!
I’ll let them win this one, but tomorrow is another day.