Greetings and Good Monday Morning to you!☀️🍂🍁
I hope that you've had an outstanding weekend! This is my favorite time of year! So, I spent the entire weekend getting my home "holiday ready", so that meant cleaning and organizing my house from top to bottom. I must say, it was a very productive weekend! As I finished last week, several thoughts came to mind about people being unwilling to get out of their comfort zones. To a certain extent, comfort zones are ok, but when they start to impede your ability to seek out new opportunities and grow; this is where they become a huge problem. If you find yourself wanting to do something different in your life, but have been reluctant to do so because, of the potential risk or challenge. I hope this blog post will encourage you to face it head on and not allow it to keep you in your comfort zone! Without further delay, let's dive into this week's message!
The 2% Mindset
It all begins with your mindset. In just thinking and researching the topic of comfort zones, I stumbled upon a concept called, "The 2% Mindset". If you take a look at the image, you'll see that only 2% of the population does the following:
Goes after their dreams
Getting the most out of life
Embraces the unknown
Living without limits
Act in spite of fear
The other 98% of the population is comfortable living in their comfort zones. You can see all the characteristics within the circle of those individuals that are content with the way things are. They are not going to eagerly go outside of that zone. These people will even try to convince you to be content with the way things are. So the question becomes, are you apart of the 2% or 98% mindset that represents the population?
I Want to be Part of the 2% Mindset
I like many individuals I too have had a few moments in life where I've found myself very comfortable in my situation. However, in the back of my mind, I knew that I needed to make valiant change in my life, but didn't for whatever reason at the time. Also, in those moments I've made excuses or took my time in making a decision because, I felt that it could wait. How many of you can relate? I would make excuses, and say things like, "it's not the right time" or "I'm not ready". I would talk myself out of facing a necessary challenge or opportunity to grow by avoiding it all together. When you're in you're content in a comfort zone, "the path of least resistance" will always seem like the best option. However, as I've matured in age, I've also matured in my thinking of how I handle certain risks and challenges in life. With that I've realized, I have no time to be stuck in a silo of comfort zones in any aspect of my life. It's counter-productive thinking! For years, I've fought against it, but I have had "my moments" of slipping into what felt comfortable. To be quite candid, I think since becoming a self-published author and starting my own business, it's forced me to rebuke comfort zones more so now, than I did in the past. It put me in front of the ultimate challenge, and made me ask myself, "do you want to continue to lead a life wishing you could pursue your passion or do you want a life living your passion?" I chose the latter! In that choice, I no longer have the luxury of seeking refuge in my comfort zones. Now, when I'm exposed to others around me that operate in a silo with comfort zones, it's easier to detect and push back against it. In my professional life, I'm actually experiencing this now. I'm working with a group experiencing issues with their daily operations, and I, with "fresh eyes" see their silos with comfort zones. They speak daily about how they would like to operate, short and long-term, but they sabotage an opportunity to do what they aspire to do because; they make excuses, play the blame game, and many feel it's just easier to do what they do how it's always been done. In the workplace, I can say without fear of contradiction, that change is inevitable and it is especially true when the business grows. So it is unfair to believe that you can continue to do the same things and still be successful. You and your team have to be willing to adjust and change with the growth of your organization. The same is true in your personal life!
In closing, from personal perspective and a workplace/business perspective, you can easily see how comfort zones can be detrimental to your growth. It stifles your progression.
You can aspire to be part of the 2% Mindset by doing the following:
Be fierce and fearless with confidence.
Go after my dreams no matter what.
Embrace change openly.
Be excited about what's ahead of you!
Think of the abundance that life can offer, when you're open to its overflow.
Become a free flowing vessel of positive energy.
Be open to new opportunities.
View a challenge as something positive.
Take a deep breath and relax into and accept the unknown.
These ideals have been what truly helps me to dispel falling into my own comfort zones. If you or someone you know, have a difficult time with rebuking and breaking the chains to your own silos with comfort zones, I implore you to try some of ideas I listed. Of course, it starts with changing your mindset. You cannot operate in a negative mental space, and when you're ready to open your mind to something greater the chains to your comfort zones will finally be broken! So, "accept the challenge and rebuke your comfort zone!" Are you part of the 2% or 98% Mindset? Let's Get It 2%!
Peace and have a blessed and wonderful #MotivationMonday !
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“The only thing that is stopping you from where you are to where you want to go is your comfort zone.” – Dhaval Gaudier