Why You Need To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone-Peeling The Layers Of Your Comfort Zone

Even as I stood on those steps trying to say goodbye I kept asking God, “Are you sure this is the right move? If it is why does it seem so hard and painful?”

That’s when I heard that gentle whisper, “Joanna if you trust me with your dreams I’ll take them further than you could have ever imagined.”
— Steel Magnolias

There's a voice in all of us. I know for a damn fact because I live and breathe through that voice. The one that tells me "you have to do this" even though I'm scared as hell to do whatever it is asking of me.

This comes from being scared of the unknown and having to step out of our comfort zone. Comfort zones were certainly meant to be broken but that doesn't make it any easier to break through them. If anyone knows the hack to making it less painful and terrifying-please let me know (Also, patent it and enjoy your new yacht). 

I've found that through following my passion and becoming the entrepreneur that I've always wanted to be I've had to actually shatter my comfort zone into such tiny pieces that it could never be fixed. I thought that I had done the deed, that I now had no comfort zone because I had stomped on the pieces and made them so small that it could never take form again. 

I was so wrong.

It turns out that your comfort zone is just like an ogre...or more so an onion. There's layers upon layers upon layers and you have to expect and accept that once you peel away one layer there's going to be another waiting for you.

Trust me, I've peeled that onion apart. That voice made me move halfway across the country. That voice made me refuse to get a job in my field. That voice made me start a blog again. That voice made me start my first social media campaign. That voice made me end relationships.

Now that voice is currently making me refuse any new ones. That voice is currently making me reach out to like minded millennials to share my blog and insights. That voice is currently making me redefine my priorities. That voice is currently making me make plans to sell all my stuff and travel the world next year. 

What all of this onion peeling comes down to is that it's not easy. It's going to burn your eyes and tears will probably be shed. You're going to wonder why you're cutting this onion if it stings so badly to do so and sometimes you'll be left wondering for a little while. 

Yet, once you get your first layer off and you realize how worth it it was to peel that onion you'll never stop.

All you need is to have faith one time.

All you need is to have the strength and bravery to do it one time. To listen to that voice and instead of saying, "No way you're out of your mind!" to say, "Okay, I will."

Then it's a done deal.

Listening to that voice one time and realizing that it actually knew what it was talking about and the positive repercussions are ten fold of what you could have imagined will change you forever.

Suddenly peeling that onion becomes fun. Don't get me wrong, there are times where it'll really sting your eyes and you'll have to keep reminding yourself that it's going to be worth it but you'll know deep down that that voice wouldn't ask this of you if it wasn't for a damn good reason.

By following that voice it has led me to exactly where I am meant to be and I could not be more proud of myself for having the courage to do so. Listening to that voice has become a priority in my life which has made me more successful and more me than I have ever been before. It's a priority that I will never let go of. 

Listen to your voice. Listen and listen and listen and then act when you know the time is right. It's going to be scary as hell but one day you'll completely understand why you were meant to do what it was asking of you and you'll be eternally grateful to yourself for listening. 

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