I follow Jeff Moore on Facebook and today he posted a great picture about getting out of “The Comfort Zone”. It really made me take a look at myself and realize that lately I have been joining the 2% of people who are living outside of their comfort zone. It’s a rewarding place to step into.
Taking risks isn’t easy and often we stay in familiar territory out of fear. Fear of failure, rejection, judgement are all things that make us uncomfortable. Funny thing is when we take the risk the reward greatly outweighs the fear once we get through it. The hardest part sometimes is thinking that we are taking that risk alone. Funny thing happens when you get out there…YOU ARE NOT ALONE there is always someone who will take your hand and walk with you.
Five years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone to pursue a dream. People didn’t understand why I wanted to become a Massage Therapist when I had a “great” job that paid me extremely well and provided benefits. I didn’t really have an answer but I knew that I wasn’t happy and needed to make a change. That risk paid off and allowed me to keep moving further out of that comfort zone.
I am now seeing that taking the risk to fail or be rejected makes me a stronger person and that most of the time that step becomes a success. I am beginning to live my life on my own terms more and more. This is an incredible place to be!
I have a long way to go but am determined to keep STEPPING OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE. I encourage you to take that journey with me and make that 2% become those who are staying comfortable. See yourself living the life you always dreamed of rather than the one society boxed you into.
You ARE amazing…always remember that!
Have a beautiful “out of the zone” day! ~Pamela
Amazing things happen when we let go of fear and embrace love. I have watched Jim Carey’s Commencement Speech at MUM several times now and each time I am inspired a little more to let go of the fear that holds me back. This should be a staple at all graduations, moving up days, and any gathering of young minds. We learn fear at a very young age and it sticks with us through life unless we find the courage to break free and take risks.
It is so important to encourage our children to live in love rather than fear. Often we impose our own ideas of “success” on others not realizing that our definition of success may be very different. We do this with good intention but it creates that fear of making a different choice because it may disappoint those close to us.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
When I let go of fear I will:
- Become the person I have always wanted to be but was too afraid to be.
- I will open doors rather than hide behind them worrying about what may be on the other side.
- I will open my heart to love and begin by loving myself.
- I will take the risks that are put on my path with enthusiasm and embrace the outcomes.
- I will go skydiving and learn how to dance.
What will you do when you let go of fear and embrace love? Please share your list….sometimes writing it down and seeing it in black and white can help to achieve it.
Have a beautiful day! ~Pamela
Letting Go… When my Mom passed just over a year ago I threw myself into settling her estate, looking after her Mom, looking after my brother, and working too many hours. I didn’t want to feel the hurt of loosing her and I was so afraid that if I “let go” I would forget the beautiful woman that loved and believed in me so much.
I remember a chilly day that we sat out on the deck talking and she made me promise that I would go back to Costa Rica for a vacation. She knew I had fallen in love with this place and wanted to make sure I went back. Then she said something that I will never forget and made my heart hurt, she said “When you go back to Costa Rica I will send all the beautiful butterflies to see you and you will know that I am there with you. Now promise me you will go back.” I reluctantly promised. She passed in April that year and in January of the following year I kept my promise and went back. I spent ten days by myself in the most beautiful place on earth. On the next to last day I finally found the courage to feel everything I had worked so hard to stuff. Sitting quietly looking out at the jungle and the ocean in the distance the first butterfly appeared. This butterfly was a brilliant yellow and it fluttered right up to me – my Mom had a car this color and we all made fun of her because it was so bright, but she loved this car and put up with our making fun. Within minutes there were at least 20 butterflies of all size and color fluttering around and that’s when it all poured out. I knew she had kept her promise too and I also realized that letting go didn’t mean forgetting it meant understanding and would bring peace to both of us. Never have I felt so empowered and light. Now when I think of that chilly day and our conversation, it warms my heart and makes me smile.
I realized that day that my Mom had been a huge inspiration in my life. She had always been one to encourage me to follow my dreams…and some of my dreams were HUGE.
I learned from this experience that letting go is a positive. It allows us to move on and experience all that this wonderful life has to offer. Recognizing that things – people, decisions, material items, feelings – aren’t mean to be held onto is difficult, but when we allow ourselves to let go we allow ourselves to grow.
Is there something you’re holding onto that is holding you back from growing? If so, take a moment to identify what or who it is and find the courage to let go. I promise you it will open the doors to a whole new world…and you will find happiness.
Have a beautiful weekend! ~Pamela