Many of us stay far too long in the comfort zone, validating our inactions saying:
“It’s not so bad”
“It’s not great but it’s ok”
“Could b worse”
“It is what it is”
Then, we realise few years later that if we’ve only made changes sooner, we’d be much further ahead by now.
I’ve heard somebody saying that “if you live your life as if you were going to die today, you most definitely will be right one day”. This made me thing, whether I am not staying too long in my comfort zone myself.
I am not suggesting that we should leave for the moment, leave everything behind and turn your and your family life upside down- I am far away from that, but aren’t we:
- Staying too long in job that we are underpaid and undervalued
- Carrying for too long what others are thinking of us
- Not making changes as we think it’s too late/ we are too old, etc.
Nobody wakes up one morning 3 stone overweight, but failing is a slow process. And because it is slow, we quite often don’t notice that this is happening.
So, I would like to invite you to get into a habit of asking yourself in the morning when you are brushing your teeth or when you are making breakfast:
“If today was the last day of my life would I like to do what I am about to do today?”
... and if the answer is “No” for too many days in the row it is a sign that you need to change something.
Realising that you may have less time that you initially thought makes making big decisions much easier.
Things like external expectations, pride, fear of embarrassment or failure fades away when you are being left with what truly matters to you.
Use this question often for not staying in your comfort zone for too long. Avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to loose by removing toxic people from your life, not carrying about what people think of you, making changes you know you rally want!