Last week I challenged you to “Fuel Your Passion” by setting an intention that is aligned with what you desire to achieve in life. That intention, I suggested, must be turned into action steps to move you in the direction of your life’s purpose. Since last week, I hope you have given yourself permission and time to think about you, as you cannot effectively help others until first you have “tended to self.”
Interestingly, when I sat down to think about what I would share this week, I thought about a quote that is near and dear to me – one that inspires me every time I read it, hear it repeated, or just think of it. “The Possibility of Extraordinary Begins at the Edge of Comfort.” Thinking of this quote led me back to the pages of my first book and a discussion about comfort versus courage. Anyone can walk in comfort, but courage requires an entirely different mindset. Consider the process of learning to swim. “In swimming, the instructor starts his student in the shallow end. The shallow end experience is meant to help the student become less fearful of the unknown, more knowledgeable and comfortable in the water, and at ease with swimming technique. In essence, a student’s time in the shallow end is designed to teach an important how-to lesson while simultaneously minimizing fear of launching into the deep. The shallow water is akin to ‘easy’ because a swimmer can reduce risk and difficulty by simply changing his position to a stand.”
“In life, just as in swimming, there are those who have not allowed themselves the gift of release from shallow water thinking. Shallow water thinking limits one’s imagination. It prevents you from moving beyond what is comfortable. It tempts you to continue with things that offer little challenge and stimulus for growth. It leaves room for fear and doubt and edges out courage. In fact, it discourages you from pushing yourself to the next level of performance. It disavows you of faith and champion thinking and certainly limits your ability to accomplish what is beyond your immediate reach.” Shallow water is the place of comfort, and your time there should be limited and temporary. It is more than probable an impediment to achieving purpose. But courage challenges you to release shallow and comfort because the greatest things in life happen outside your comfort zone.
Today I encourage you to move beyond the familiar and take a step toward the unfamiliar. Move in the direction of something that is much larger than you – something that challenges you to dig deeper. There is much more inside of you than you know. Take a deep breath and march right up to the edge of your comfort zone and let go as if you are approaching the edge of a cliff prepared to jump. Don’t be tempted to allow fear to talk you into remaining in comfort. The parachute of life is bound to open. And there the real work begins…
Quoted material taken from: Leadership DASH: Breaking Through the Finish Line
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