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The comfort zone is a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk (White 2009). A person’s personality can be described by his or her comfort zones. Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security. Like inertia, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that zone without stepping outside of it. To step outside a comfort zone, a person must experiment with new and different behaviours, and then experience the new and different responses that then occur within their environment.

(SOURCE: Wikipedia (Do not tell ANY of my professors))

Recently, in my employment performance evaluation, the comments summary indicated “I had moved out of my comfort zone.” Can you imagine working in a capacity for over 30 years confined to a set of mental behaviors that would lead to such a conclusion? Unthinkable.

I came across this photo on Pinterest and it beckoned me to write, its visual a captivating ah-ha moment.

The ‘Comfort Zone”, a confinement so claustrophobic and strangling yet in clear view of the liberated space where the ‘Magic Happens’. Is that place of magic always a literal arm’s-length beyond our reach? It is.

How do we escape the Comfort Zone? By taking that declarative step of abandon, the moment when you no languish in the thought processes, but act. Act on your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. When you become resourceful beyond the person you ever thought you were or could be. When you slay your fears or trample over them and find your way out of the Comfort Zone and into that place where the magic happens.

The Comfort Zone is a safe place, a place where you’ve figured it out, where you can easily manage adversity, but it is not a place of rebirth, growth, or where you’re stretched for the bigger and greater, for the more, for the magic.

So be inspired, motivated to make the call, read the handbook, have the consult, write the plan, enroll in the course, buy the ticket. Speaking it is fine, but it is not enough, you must ACT on it.

Escaping the Comfort Zone to the place where the magic happens is just beyond arm’s-length, so REACH. *Q