Living Life Uncomfortably
For years, I lived a comfortable life. Everything I did was for my pleasure in some way. I loved to work so working was very comfortable. I loved to play and played where I wanted to play. Yet, I grew bored, stagnant and eventually unhappy.
But the question was, “Why was I unhappy?”
I had food, clothes on my back, roof over my head. What was wrong?
I would like to take a moment here to describe what uncomfortable means to me. Uncomfortable means to get out of your comfort zone. What is a comfort zone you say? Here is what google says…
a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
“times when we must act beyond our comfort zones”
Because I didn’t challenge myself, I stayed status quo. The greatest gift anyone has ever given me is to challenge me to be a better person. So when I say uncomfortable, I mean to reach beyond your limits.
- If you have never spoke in front of an audience, go speak in front of an audience.
- If you have never traveled alone, go travel alone.
- If you have never driven across country, drive across country.
- If you have always wanted to open your own business, tell fear to step aside and OPEN your own business.
Get Uncomfortable. And try to reach that feeling all the time. Strive for it. I do. I stretch my limits. I continuously grow, learn and feel a sense of joy from my adventurous life. As the famous Eleanor Roosevelt once said:
How will you move your life forward today?
What is the one thing that you really want to do but fear keeps getting in the way?
The question you should now be asking is the one I asked when I was ready to make a change. “How do I break out of this routine, behavioral rut to create a magical life?”
Yes, there is a science behind it; as least as told by Alan Henry from Mind Hacks.
Here are the steps I took from reading many blogs:
- Change your Daily Routine. If you walk your dog the same route every morning, change the route. Instead of waking up at 7 AM, wake up at 6 AM and journal. Instead of going to cycling class every Wednesday go on Friday and on Wednesday do yoga. The goal here is to just break up your routine. See how you feel. Look for the different perspective that comes with any change. Write about it. How did that change move your life forward or confirm something about yourself? What fear presented itself because you changed the routine? If you can determine what is keeping you in that routine, then you can find the answer on how to break it.
- Slow Down. Slowing down can be so important in our overall busy lives. I know that I move from one project to the next without even thinking about it sometimes. I am so quick in my processes that I forget to ask if this task is helping or hindering my long term goals. I think Gabrielle Bernstein has the best “wake up in the moment” questionnaire.
- Be a YES Person. This is the one of the best methods to create magic. Did you ever see that movie with Jim Carrey called the YES MAN? The plot of the movie was a man who would always say no and hide from life. Then he decides to challenge himself to say YES to everything for one full year. I know it is just a movie, but the premise is so real. Say YES to experience. Say YES to something new. Say YES to life. As the old saying goes, if you want a life you have never had, you must take the steps you have never stepped. (yes it is my little twist ;))
One last quote from Neale Donald Walsch:
So get out there today. Get to that comfort zone line and then step over… No… JUMP OVER! Reach the place where Magic Begins.