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You Can’t Procrastinate Your Way Out of Your Comfort Zone

Look around and ask yourself if you are truly satisfied with all areas of your life.  Do you see things that you would like to change?  Maybe you’re not happy with your job and you want to do something more fulfilling.  Maybe you have a specific project that you have been thinking about doing, but haven’t taken the final steps to really get started.

We all have reasons, or should I say excuses, for not making the positive changes that we say we want in our lives.  We become comfortable with what we have, good and bad.  For me, when I finally take time to sit quietly and reflect on my life I see the things that I may want to change.  But, if I am really honest with myself I realize that by staying in my daily comfort zone I am not making any progress toward achieving them.    I may still be enjoying specific activities, but if I stop and really evaluate my actions I realize that by not getting out of my comfort zone I am procrastinating away great opportunities for change.

One key point that I learned a long time ago is that you can’t procrastinate your way to success and happiness.  We all need to recognize that effecting positive changes may involve taking steps out of our comfort zones.  Evaluate the benefits of making the change.  Decide that the rewards of achieving your dreams and goals will exceed the effort (and possible fear) of doing something new.

I have written about the fear of failure and how to overcome it.  Get comfortable taking on new challenges and get excited about the rewards of achieving your goals, whatever they may be.

You may have heard the quote that, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”  Understand that you may have to change your behavior and get out of your comfort zone to begin making changes in your life.  Get comfortable outside of your comfort zone.

The time to start is now.  Ask yourself what you want and write out a plan on how to get it.  Then start working that plan today.

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