“I can say, ‘I am terribly frightened and fear is terrible and awful and it makes me uncomfortable, so I won’t do that because it’s uncomfortable.’
“Or I could say, ‘Get used to being uncomfortable. It is uncomfortable doing something that’s risky.’
But so what? Do you want to stagnate and just be comfortable?” Barbra Sreisand
Our comfort corner—that cozy, familiar place where we feel safe. We all enjoy spending time there. I know I do. It’s so, well, comfortable.
In fact, I have my own comfort corner—literally. I’m sitting in it right now, It’s a big, fat cozy armchair where I love to read and write. I could sit there all day and write and read and dream and be safe.
Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not all coziness and hot tea in this cherished spot. Sometimes, I take risks with my writing there. Sometimes, just sitting there quietly, exciting new ideas come to me.
But most of the time, it’s a safe haven. There’s not a lot of risky business happening there. And getting where I want to go means taking risks. That means leaving my comfort corner and “getting used to being uncomfortable,” as Barbra says so well.
“Getting used to being uncomfortable”—it doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?
But here’s the rub: As my good friend and mentor Coach Mike Tully says, “Your dreams always lie outside of your comfort zone.”
So if we want to think big, we can’t act small. We can’t just stay in our comfort corners. We need to venture out and get uncomfortable. That’s how we grow toward our dreams. And when we get our of our comfort corners and grow toward our dreams, they often lean in and meet us half way. Write on!
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