Your Comfort Zone

Next up on the guest post roster is "Naturally Green Life Coach", Terri Marshall.

Terri, like the rest of us in our little group of savvy biz women, caught the Comfort Zone fever.. a powerful subject that has touched all of our lives in some way. I give to you Terri's unique insights on this topic. 

(To read more of her 'wondermous' writing, please visit her blog: The Good Natural Life. Terri also says that she is 5' 3", married, and likes walks in the rain. Anything else, Terri? :)

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Have you noticed that the limitations and barriers that we put upon ourselves are worse than the ones that society places on us?

Lately I've been talking with a lot of people about The Comfort Zone.  

The Comfort Zone means a lot of things to different people.  Because of recent discussions I have broken them into a few categories.

The Comforting Zone. This is the nice warm loving zone where we feel secure from the world. You know the place. The place you retreat to when the universe kicks your butt. It can be a place as simple as a favorite worn out faded pair of jeans, to the arms of a loved one. A place you go to feel safe.

The Comfort Zone. This is a place where you live with the status quo. It's not good for you, it's not bad for you, and it just is. It is a zone where everything is familiar. There are no surprises. Again you feel safe, because you know exactly what is going to happen and when.

The Discomfort Zone. This is the zone where you know there are some things that need to be changed and you know you need to do the change, but not quite ready. When in the discomfort zone, you just don't have the gumption to do it what needs to be done. It's almost like an itch in the center of your back that you can not reach. It's not life threatening, but it's bugging you.

The Hostage Zone. This is the zone where we allow our fears to rule us. The zone where our fears of the unknown stop our growth. Where shame or low self esteem stops all forward movement into the future. We stay in the hostage zone because we are scared that if we move forward it could be worse for us. The "What ifs" keep us from doing what we want or need to do.  We are blocked behind our self imposed barriers and put limits on our talents and abilities. 

The Panic Zone. In this zone our fears are so embedded into us that just the thought of change will send us into a panic attack. If you try to make the needed change to move away from the panic zone, your throat closes up, you can't breath, your heart speeds up, you break out into a very cold sweat and feel like death is knocking at your door.

I can honestly say I've never had The Panic Zone. I guess that comes from being raised by a very strong, independent woman who instilled great values into her children and a belief that they can and will accomplish anything. 

I have had a few areas where I was in The Hostage Zone. These were self imposed barriers and limitations that I had to overcome. They were not easy to move away from, but it was a must for me to do so, or I would have been stuck in the 80s forever (and the music really sucked then).

What would it do to our core belief system if we broke through these perceived barriers?  Could we possibly move into a realm of total wonderment of what we could achieve?  Could we then remove other barriers that society has placed upon us?

It is as simple as just “stepping out’ of the comfort zone.  You must be careful though because anything you can step out of, you can also then step back into. It’s as simple as positive affirmations each morning.  As simple as taking a deep breath, and acting upon it.  It takes repetition.  Something you must act on each day, if only in small ways.  You must continue to make the baby steps that it takes to grow. To become the person you are meant to be