Outside the Comfort Zone

comfort zone

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone-Robert Allen

 

We talk a lot about comfort these days. We have luxury cars and comfortable shoe. We even have a restaurant type called “comfort food.”

There’s a lot to be said for comfort. It’s something that we strive for – a comfortable wage, a comfortable home, you get the idea.

We have created a place, the comfort zone, where we choose to stay rather than speaking in public or helping out with a cause on the weekend. To stay within the comfort zone is to do nothing out of the ordinary.

In order to have those items that give us comfort, we first must be willing to get out of that zone to earn it. The Everyday Revolutionary must become comfortable outside the comfort zone, because indeed, everything you want lies outside of it.

You don’t have to dive into the deep end to start. Just a few steps out will demonstrate that discomfort can be overcome if the outcome is important to you.

Go ahead, stick your toe in.

Everyday Artistry

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh

 

I think we all understand the myth of the overnight success story. Someone or something may spring to public consciousness quickly but that success has years of effort and sticking to it behind it.

It is the same with change in your community. Real and lasting change for the good does not come about after a quick meeting and a day long event. It comes from thoughtful planning and setting up a few dominoes to fall into the right places. It comes from allowing enough time to let people see your position, to see your viewpoint as the way it ought to go.

It is very much an art.

Many small things go together to make a big thing. Just like in a Van Gogh painting, the skill and finesse you place on the small things have a big impact on outcome. You’ll know you’ve done it right when folks call it an overnight success. You’ll know it wasn’t.

V00551_F0000_ML000_CG_20_410