This school year my 16 year old daughter made a very important decision. As a high school junior she decided to leave the small, private Christian school she’s attended for the past two years and she transferred to a very large, very public high school on the other side of town.
Going from being a popular cheerleader with lots of friends to being a newcomer at a school where most of the students have known each other from middle school, wasn’t an easy thing to do. In addition to making new social connections, she also has had to learn her way around a much larger campus, adapt to a brand new system of school administration, and (perhaps the biggest change) adjust to an environment where most of her peers don’t share her values and beliefs.
So, why did she make the move?
Simply put, her comfort zone had become uncomfortable.
Amber is a dancer. It’s her passion and the school she attended does not have a dance education program.
The school she transferred to, however, is one of the top rated dance magnet programs in the state of Georgia.
My daughter was willing to step outside of her comfort zone to strengthen her talents and fully pursue her passion.
Form this experience, she has learned two very important lessons:
- Your comfort zone is not safe.
Many people believe that your comfort zone is the safest place you can be. On the contrary, it is the most dangerous place to reside. When you settle in your comfort zone, you bear the heavy burden of living a mediocre life settling for “good enough”. And, you run the risk of never fully achieving your highest potential and purpose.
- There are amazing opportunities outside of your comfort zone.
In her very first dance class at her new school, the dance director saw my daughter dance and nominated her to receive a scholarship to train at the Atlanta Ballet. Over the past few months, Amber has received more dance instruction and performance time than she has over the past two years combined. She trains everyday and has performed in front of thousands of people and her dance team was in the filming of a new movie. None of that would have happened if she would have stayed at her old school.
My Challenge To You:
What comfort zone is getting uncomfortable for you? I challenge you to stretch yourself by taking the following actions:
Get real about where you are. Do a reality check and acknowledge that you’ve settled in a comfort zone.
Get clear about where you want to go. See, in vivid detail, the exact things you want to have, be, and do with your life.
Make a move. You don’t have to see all of the steps to take the first one. Just get started.
Get some help. Maybe you’re not sure how to fully step out of your comfort zone yet. But you can learn.
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Wishing you an abundance of passion, purpose, power, and prosperity!