It has taken 5 months and 7 days to realize the world is no longer what I think it is. For some, this period of isolation and lockdown has brought us closer to the edge of insanity. For others, it’s been a time to re-imagine, re-create, and re-store -the latter holds true for me. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, I have taken the time to step out of my comfort zone and embraced a new way of living and working.

So much has happened since the lockdown. I moved away from the city and into the country, I took my business online and resigned myself to the fact I would no longer be sitting in traffic and training in concrete buildings. I have literally breathed fresh air into my life.

And all it took was a decision to step outside of my comfort zone. Yes, I know. Being in a comfort zone is, well, comfortable. The problem is if we remain too comfortable we lose our edge to move beyond and grow.

Growth begins where comfort ends. The only time we are growing is when we are willing to move outside of our comfort zone. Successful people have learned to be comfortable with discomfort because, most of the time, they place themselves in situations that make them uncomfortable. It is because they have a vision, and that idea will lead them into unchartered territory. It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and fear the unknown. Yet it’s in stepping into this unknown where we are at our best and fulfilling our true potential.

One of the tricks I use to step outside of my comfort zone is to use the 10% principle. All I need to do is step 10% outside of my comfort zone. In other words, I don’t need to scale the highest mountain in one go, all I need to do is take 10 tiny steps in the direction of my vision. I encourage you to take small daily steps to step outside of your comfortable spot.

Let’s say you are trying to lose weight. Why not make a decision to stick to a conscious eating plan for 10 days. This is 10% outside of your comfort zone. Before you know it you would have realized your dream.

Comfort zones are like death zones to me and that’s because I am not growing and leaning into my full potential. My philosophy is, I have one life to live and I plan to make each moment of each day count, and stepping outside of my comfort zone is how I suck the juiciness from life.

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