“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ H. Thurman
What is the one thing that you do that takes you to the zone (and I am not talking about the comfort zone)? You know when you lose track of time, forget to eat, feel on fire and passionate – that is what you are here to do. If you have not found something that makes you come alive, you may be living in your comfort zone. Have you ever had an adrenaline rush when you tried something you’ve never done before and found your magnificence? If not you may be living inside your comfort zone.
Sometimes the thing that scares you the most is the thing you were meant to be doing. The comfort zone is safe that is why 90% of the population lives there. It is familiar you will recognize it by mediocrity, living in survival mode, being average, settling and the common feelings you will find there are fear, depression and boredom. When you live in the comfort zone you are saying to the universe, “What if I can’t?”
Life outside the comfort zone is characterized by excitement, fearlessness, possibilities, passion, purpose, fulfillment, confidence and freedom. When you live outside the comfort zone you are saying, “What if I can?”
“Resist impulses to label yourself with descriptions that limit you in any way. Statements such as, ‘I’m not good at,’ or ‘I’ve never been interested in…’ only serve to strengthen your self-image of limitation. You can be good at and enjoy anything if you decide to.”
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Is there something you’ve secretly wanted to do but talked yourself out of? What is that hidden dream, that sleeps within you. Even an oak tree was once a little nut but look what happened when it was planted and aloud to grow. Plant the seeds of dreams in the abundant fields of possibilities and watch them grow. Try something new, something that scares the bejesus out of you. The sky is the limit! You just need to let go and soar.
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
~ James Allen
Life is not meant to be lived in the comfort zone. Aim low boring, aim high soaring. If you aim for the stars you might miss them but maybe you’ll reach the moon. Dream big! Go for it!
My Challenge: Choose one thing you have never tried and scares you and just do it this month.
Maria Elena Escobar
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” ~ Bo Bennett
One of my favorite hero’s is Nick Vujcic. He was born with no arms or legs but lives such a full active life that I can only aspire too. What makes him really stand out is his incredible attitude. Without question he is one of the happiest grateful people I have ever seen. He does not focus on what he can’t do but what he can and that is a lot. He rocks! I watch his video, No Arms, No Legs, No Worries on YouTube over and over. He is one of the most positive, inspirational and courageous people on the planet.
One of my dreams is to empower and inspire people with disabilities to live their best lives. I have several health issues that at times feel disabling. In addition to my fibromyalgia, I have to have my left shoulder and both knees replaced because of injuries and extensive arthritis. I have already had six knee and one shoulder surgeries. I can’t put them off any more and I so badly want to be able to run yet there are days when I can’t hardly walk. When the pain gets so bad and I find it frustrating and discouraging, I watch Nick’s video and remember that I can do anything. I am so blessed to have arms and legs and if he can do all the things he does without his then I can get past my challenges and find a way to do what I want to do.
I have been trying to learn how to change my cant’s into cans. So many times I find my inner talk focusing on the obstacles rather than the opportunities. I have been training myself to focus on my blessings when I am tempted to complain to myself and others about my troubles. Sometime I forget but I am learning. For so many years I made excuses and said I can’t do things because of my physical challenges. It is easy to focus on the obstacle. I remind myself that it is only an obstacle not a barrier. An obstacle you can go around, over or under it but a barrier is a wall you hit that cannot be penetrated. Can you relate?
When I think of what seems impossible I remember one of my shero’s, Helen Keller, she was blind and deaf and yet was such a powerful force. Some of my favorite quotes come from her. She said, “So much has been given to me I don’t have time to think of that which has been denied.” If she can say that with the challenges she had to face I know I can all do the same. We can do immeasurably more than we imagine.
What self-imposed limits have you been putting on yourself? If something is important to you, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse. Take a couple of minutes to watch Nick’s video and then ask yourself, what was I complaining about?
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Reach for the stars and believe you can do anything you want, find a way and go for it. Anything is possible!