“Life begins at the end of your Comfort Zone.” ~ Neale Walsh
For years people told me to get outside of my comfort zone, to which I replied no thanks. Besides, I like it in here, they all know my name. For years I did not venture outside of the zone. At the same time I was bored and found little excitement in life. That all changed in 1998 when I was 27. I had no intentions of traveling outside of the United States for fear of the unknown. I rarely did new things because the change may be uncomfortable.
The company I was working for at the time sent me to Italy for a month to finish off and deliver our software and ensure that it was implemented properly for our client when it went into production. I was skeptical and scared to leave the country but thought at least they have a vested interest in my safety and ensuring that I return home. I had a prime opportunity to explore Italy being there for a month and I rarely ventured out more than a couple of blocks from my hotel. Looking back, I wasted an opportunity of a lifetime staying in my comfort zone.
A year later I was a consultant traveling around North America. Having realized the opportunity that I missed in Italy, I ventured out a little more but not nearly as much as I should have. Two golden opportunities to see the world down the drain. Over the last couple of years, I have stepped further outside the zone to begin networking and meeting new people as well as traveling. In that time frame, my life has been more fulfilled, so much so that I look for new opportunities to step out of the circle. Don’t get me wrong, I am not all the way there yet. I still have to coax myself away from my iPad and force myself to talk to people and step away from the introversion. But I can see with each step brings new opportunities and new adventures and my life has been forever changed. Enjoy!