Comfort zones are not as safe as we think. In all reality, they hold us back. When we continuously stay in our place of safety, physically, mentally, and spiritually, then we prevent ourselves from growing. The growth that we all need in our lives is beyond our comfort zone. The only way to discover our true potential is to constantly challenge ourselves.
When I first started venturing beyond my safe haven, I was so uncomfortable. Every day of my life was a challenge. At first I hated the feeling, and then I learned that beyond my comfort zone is where the creativity and growth occur.
When we get stuck in the same routine, eat the same foods, watch the same TV shows, read the same types of books, etc., then we don’t give ourselves the opportunities to discover new things. I used to order the same thing at a restaurant, every time I went there, because I was afraid to try new things. I never experimented with new foods or gave myself permission to try new things. Now I realize that my comfort zone held me back and caused a lot of my pain.
True growth is getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. Every day we need to challenge ourselves in some way. Being stuck in a certain mindset isn’t healthy. We need to explore and be open to whatever God brings our way. Once we do something, then it gives us an experience and the next time a challenging tasks comes up, we can remember our previous experience and know that we have the ability to conquer any task with God.
I remember my first time speaking in front of a large crowd. I thought it was supposed to be about 20 kids, until I got there and saw them taking all the students to the gym. When I asked them what was going on they told me there was an assembly in gym. My first reaction was that they had forgotten about my visit and booked someone else for the same time. You should have seen the look on my face as I realized that I was the assembly. My whole body trembled and I wanted to run away. As they ushered me into the gym and introduced me to the audience, God replaced my fears with excitement and helped me to change my feelings about the situation. Instead of sharing Zippy with 20 kids, He blessed me to share him with hundreds. The audience connected with me and it was a beautiful experience. That one experience sparked hundreds of similar experiences for me. All because I was open to the change.
Be open to growth and change in your life. At first it will be uncomfortable, but then it will be like an adventure. We never know what we are capable of until we try. We don’t have to see God’s whole plan for our lives to take the first step. He will guide us every step along the way. Trust Him to do what is best for you!
Love and blessings,