How often do you leave your comfort zones and try something totally new?
It has often been said that in order to grow, we need to stretch and that our potential is governed by how for we are prepared to stretch ourselves.
This makes sense to me. I know people who are still pretty-much living the same year over and over again. They have all the same old complaints and frustrations, because they don’t proactively DO ANYTHING to improve their position. That’s because improvement means change. So, they complain, but stay the same. They work with the same company, listen to the same music, watch the same TV shows and have the same circle of friends etc.
Here’s the challenge: With very little change, there is also very little improvement.
A child’s approach to growth
My son is almost 5 years old and has a chart, where he gets a star every time he tries something new. This can be a new food, a new game, a new song – anything – so long as it’s new. As you can imagine, he loves trying new things and takes great pride in adding his stars to his discovery chart. Kids are like that. They love to explore.
It seems that once we reach adulthood, most people begin a process where they exchange the excitement of discovery, for the comfort of predictability. This desire for comfort, ironically, usually leads to a great deal of discomfort. It stunts our potential and robs us of our chance to enjoy the rewards of a better lifestyle. The less we stretch, the less we grow.
When was the last time YOU tried something new?
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