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The Importance of Navigating the Outer Parameters of Your Comfort Zone

One of my favorite quotes from MoneyLove 3.0 is by contributor Dr. Maria Nemeth, author of The Energy of Money:

A moment of discomfort is a small price to pay for enlightenment.

Without exception, the prosperity teachers and coaches I most respect and admire cite the importance of knowing one’s comfort zone and being able to go beyond it to try new and sometimes scary things to achieve new and profoundly positive results.

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Another one of my favorite contributors to MoneyLove 3.0 is Rev. Edwene Gaines, author of The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity. Her take on moving beyond one’s comfort zone:

You have to have a spirit of adventure, you have to have an openness to new possibilities for your life and you have to have the courage to step out of your comfort zone and do a new thing.

And you don’t have to do it all at once. Many prosperity teachers advise taking baby steps when moving into uncomfortable decisions and adventures. Self-knowledge is vital in this effort. Knowing the boundaries of your comfort zone, and knowing how far you can stretch beyond it without doing yourself harm.

The definition of comfort zone is: a psychological state in which a person feels familiar, at ease, in control and experiences low anxiety and stress.

There are certainly times when it makes sense to be in and stay in that zone, and there is always the danger of a becoming what I call a “discomfort zone junkie”.  I see this a lot in people who equate moving beyond their comfort zone with participating in some adrenalin-activating risk, like sky diving, bungee jumping, etc. This kind of challenge may be useful for overcoming specific fears, but it can definitely become addictive and nonproductive as well.

It may seem a contradiction in terms, but for me, going beyond my comfort zone is most successful when it produces a result that is satisfying, creatively stimulating, and yes, even comforting.

                        Jerry

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