Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

I have this funny feeling most of my posts this month will be about goals, intentions, resolutions – all those things you want to change in your life that suddenly start popping up with real frequency and intensity at the start of the new year.

I’m starting to see that, if I realize every single one of the numerous potential changes I’ve been playing around with, my entire life would be very very different. Different for the better, of course.

This hasn’t happened to me in past years, at least not with the same kind of intensity, but I do know why it’s happening now. It’s that old adage, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. And never has this adage been so clear to me as it is right now, this moment – and frankly, in all the moments since 2014 started being a lot closer than “next year”.

This year I really have to get out of my comfort zone, mainly because it’s become more and more obvious that my comfort zone actually won’t be that comfortable for too much longer.

comfort zone

There are so many things on my want-to-do list that have nothing whatsoever to do with maintaining my current life as it is. (See how I’m still ambivalent? I can’t quite call it a “to-do” list, because that implies I actually intend to do these things.)

Partly, it’s because things in my current life are changing, especially in the work arena (well, okay, mostly in the work arena), and I have to adapt to these changes, and partly, it’s because the things I want to do have been things I’ve wanted to do for a very long while, but up until now, I couldn’t resist the safe feeling of the comfort zone.

It’s time to really shake things up. I feel daring right now, and all I have to do is keep feeling daring. It sounds so simple when I put it like that. “All I have to do is …”

A funny thing. I actually sat down to write a post about sticking to a blogging schedule, and it morphed into this.

(By the way, I really did step out of my comfort zone with this post. I created the Neale Donald Walsh picture quote  above, using PicMonkey. It wasn’t as hard as I’d been thinking it would be.)

What about you? Do any of your new year intentions or resolutions or goals take you out of your comfort zone?

14 thoughts on “Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

  1. Sheila (Book JOurney)

    I love this! AND I use Pic Monkey all the time – it is easy to use and fun. Yay for you getting out of your comfort zone -I am working on the same…. you reminded me that if we do not change the old habits we will get the same results.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Sheila, I didn’t realize until I was writing up this post how easy it is to add text and other effects with Pic Monkey – and you’re right, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s to changing our old habits in the new year!

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  2. Bryan G. Robinson

    It can be uncomfortable getting out of the comfort zone. I know — from experience, probably similar to yours, with work. But ironically, it will take you a place that is more comfortable. I know you don’t see it yet, but you will…and just so you know, I’m still not there either, but I’m getting there.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s so hard knowing in which direction to go! I can either build up the writing business or I can branch out into more editorial. Or both.

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  3. Joanna@CreateYourWorld

    teach me how to do that with the photo, i’ve been meaning to learn for ages!! :-)

    I totally agree with the comfort zone thing – when you venture out things get exciting.

    I’ve been doing the Leonie workbooks and I’m amazed at how many things that are soooo out of my comfort zone are coming out. I never knew I had so much in me!

    So we can tackle the comfort zone together this year. :-)

    By the way, if you decide to get the workbook and don’t mind getting it through my affiliate link then let me know, we have a competition going. :-)

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I’d forgotten to put the PicMonkey URL in my post. Fixed that, but here it is, as well: http://www.picmonkey.com/ If you hover over the Design link, it will show you a number of blank canvases! Play around with the buttons on the side – you can use your own photos, or use theirs, add text, borders, special effects. It’s amazing!

      I did end up getting Leonie’s workbook, but I bought the print version from U.S. Amazon rather than the PDF version, or I would have used your link. I’m still waiting for it – it should arrive some time next week. Very excited about it!

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  4. Megan M.

    This really resonates with me, Belle! I’ve been having the same feeling lately – there are things I’ve been wanting for a long, long time, and if I don’t start making changes sooner rather than later, I can see those dreams slipping away from me. I don’t want my life to go by and realize I never truly went after what I wanted. I really think that 2014 is going to be my year! I hope it is yours, too!

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      “I don’t want my life to go by and realize I never truly went after what I wanted.” Megan, that is me in a nutshell. You put it so succinctly. Here’s to a great year for both of us!

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