Expand Your Comfort Zone

Recreational – Expand Your Comfort Zone

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A Garfield cartoon features the lazy cat relaxing on his back, thinking “Jon says I should ‘seize the day!’ There’s only one problem…I can’t reach it from here.”

Achieving any goal requires some effort and stretch. If you have a recreational goal of going for a walk every evening, you won’t get there sitting on the couch in front of the television.

THE COMFORT ZONE IS… THE COMFORT ZONE IS NOT…
Safe Risk
Easy Challenging
Predictable Uncertain
Secure Opportunity
Familiar New
Restful Exciting
Passive Active
Confined Free
Small Large
Retreat Advancement
Restricted Growth
Fear Courage

Overcoming Fear With Courage

Fear of the unknown often prevents us from venturing forth from our comfort zone. Fear is a reaction to perceived risk or threat. There may be no real threat, and/or reactions may continue long after the threat is gone.

I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened. –Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. -Mark Twain

Questions: What are you afraid of? Why? What can you do about it?

Evaluate Risk

  • What is the risk?
  • How large is it?
  • What is the probability it will occur?
  • What are the benefits of taking the risk and succeeding?

Exercises

See also: The Wimpy Person’s Guide to Grit

Books: “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers, “Fear and Other Uninvited Guests” by Harriet Lerner (excerpt here),  “Fight Your Fear and Win” by Don Greene

Are you ready to Conquer Your Fears and Get Stuff Done?!

This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.

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5 comments on “Expand Your Comfort Zone
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