Leaving Your Comfort Zone

And finding your new normal

There’s an advertising agency that I drive by multiple times a day as I cart the kids to and from school. Because I’m a freelance writer, it’s the kind of place where I might be able to get some work. I’ve often thought about contacting them, but never got around to it.

Then yesterday, I decided to leave my comfort zone and take action. I dropped the kids off in the Kiss ‘n Ride, changed into a dressier coat and boots, and parked in front of the agency.

I knocked and an employee came to the door to help me. I said I was looking for the president (and I gave his name which I found on Google). She said she would check if he was in.

He popped out, we chatted for a minute and he gave me his card. I followed up with an email to share my skill set when I got home.

It may amount to nothing, but it may amount to something. And if I hadn’t knocked on that door, it would never have opened for me.

As motivational writer Robin S. Sharma said, “We have a normal. As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”

Where does your comfort zone end and what could be your new normal? As American mythologist Joseph Campbell reminds us, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” What are you waiting for?

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”The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” — Joseph Campbell


Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on February 24, 2017.