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Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
We have a choice that has been set before us. We can either be victims who are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or we can be victors who triumphantly overcome in every context of life. Regardless of the hand that you were forced to play I want you to emphatically proclaim Better is Before Me and allow that to serve as the impetus behind your perception of yourself.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Generally speaking, our Western understanding of the meaning of hope has been relegated to a feeling or desire for something favorable to happen. But there is so much more to hope that makes it an essential commodity for victorious living. Unlike a wish or longing, hope actually implies real expectation of obtaining what is desired. The Hebrew word for hope is tikvah defined by Strong’s as a cord, expectation, and hope. In this sense, hope is not something that is abstract, but rather, it is something that is tangible enough for us to grasp it with our proverbial ‘hands of faith’.
The sooner you step away from your comfort zone, you’ll realize that it really wasn’t all that comfortable.
As uncomfortable as breaking out of our comfort zones may be, the benefits of doing so are undeniable. The fear of the familiar can be quite formidable, but it can be surmounted through strategic and intentional methods. Over the last two weeks we have discussed the benefits and strategies of breaking out of our comfort zones via an article that I shared from LifeHacker.com by Alan Henry entitled The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should). We will conclude our discussion this week through the final portion of the article that concerns itself with utilizing balance in breaking out of our comfort zones and making it a habit to stretch ourselves. As I’ve indicated throughout the time that I’ve shared from this article, I believe that it practically addresses the issue of stretching ourselves and will challenge us in a practical way.
Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. #ebcBETTER
Why It's Important to Return to Your Comfort Zone from Time to Time
You can't live outside of your comfort zone all the time. You need to come back from time to time to process your experiences. The last thing you want is for the new and interesting to quickly become commonplace and boring. This phenomenon, called hedonistic adaptation, is the natural tendency to be impressed by new things only to have the incredible become ordinary after a short time. It's why we can have access to the greatest repository of human knowledge ever created (the internet) at our fingertips (on our smartphones) and still get so bored that all we think of is how quickly we can get newer, faster access. In one way it drives us forward, but in another it keeps us from appreciating the subtle and the everyday. Here are some ways to break out (and by proxy, expand) your comfort zone without going too far:
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
There is no doubt that humans are creatures of comfort who seek out ways to remain in a state of comfort. By natural design it would appear that we avoid that which is uncomfortable and readily embrace that which brings us comfort. Equally true, however, is the construct that holds that in order for us to reach an optimal level of performance we must learn to go beyond our comfort zone. In other words, we must learn to be comfortable becoming uncomfortable. As indicated last week, I read an article on LifeHacker.com by Alan Henry entitled The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should) that I believe speaks to this matter in a practical way. Once again, I will share a portion of it with you that I believe will challenge and inspire you in a practical way.
Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. #ebcBETTER
How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Outside your comfort zone can be a good place to be, as long as you don't tip the scales too far. It's important to remember there's a difference between the kind of controlled anxiety we're talking about and the very real anxiety that many people struggle with every day. Everyone's comfort zone is different, and what may expand your horizons may paralyze someone else. Remember, optimal anxiety can bring out your best, but too much is a bad thing.