The limitations of comfort

I often think about traveling back home and living there for a year. I’d like to experience life from an African point of view. Cash out my 401k and pursue a business endeavor. While research shows that businesses typically don’t flourish until their 5th year. My time frame would be limited, so then what’s the point. Is there a business model for that. This is where my analytic mind takes the lead. My threshold for risk is rather conservative. Thus I’ve started to train myself to take gradual risks. To view money as a resource and a tool rather than a treasure. So what’s my goal, to become truly agile. Learn, do, fail. Quickly! Then try again. My question to you: what’s keeping you comfortable? What’s on the other side? Here are some tips to step out of your comfort zone.

1. Create short term goals. Small wins are encouraging.

2. Set goals that scare you. In order to benefit quickly from short term goals, you need to stretch. Goals that scare you, spark creativity and broaden your perspective.

3. Unclutter your space. This pertains to your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. When we stretch it’s uncomfortable. We’re entering into an unknown space, which naturally brings feelings of insecurity. The last thing you need is the additional burden brought on by a messy physical, spiritual, and or emotional state.

4. Discernment verses Intellect. Discernment is defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure, courtesy of Merriam-Webster. To say it plainly, discernment gives you insight to the true intent or nature of a thing, even when intellect tells you otherwise.

5. Hold yourself accountable. Be consistent, professional, disciplined and follow through. Consistent behavior over a period of time adds to ones credibility.