Breaking Free of Your Comfort Zone. The Power of Dreams & Goals.
This blog post is designed to inspire and guide you in breaking free from your comfort zone in pursuit of your dreams and goals. It provides practical tips and strategies to overcome fear and anxiety and make confident, bold steps towards achieving personal and professional aspirations.
Dreams and Goals help us break through our comfort zone. They’re the power tools of the subconscious mind. They give us something to strive for, a sense of purpose and they help us discover our unique gifts to become the best version of ourselves.
What’s the Difference Between Dreams & Goals
Well, let’s define what we mean by “dreams” and “goals.” Dreams are often thought of as things we want to achieve in the future, like getting a promotion at work or buying a house.
Dreams are a future that’s created in our imagination, they can often seem a long way off. And if we’re stuck in our comfort zone then dreams seem more like wishful thinking than stars in the sky. Goals, on the other hand, are the steps we take to make those dreams a reality.
So dreams are huge and there is no limit or time frame to them. We need dreams to keep us excited about the future.
Goals on the other hand are dreams that have been chunked down to a manageable size. These have time frames and steps for completion. You take action on goals to bring them to fruition. There is another smaller part of goals and those are called desires. They move us in the direction of our soul path and expand our comfort zone.
Why do we have dreams and goals?
One reason is that they give us something to look forward to and that’s important. Because without anything to look forward to we lack a sense of meaning in our lives.
Imagine waking up every day without any idea of what you want to accomplish or where you want to be in the future, life would be pretty boring, right? And yet you see it often. In the people around you, just moving about their day, wondering what their lives are moving toward. It’s also prevalent in many elderly people who have retired not only from work but from life. This isn’t really living but existing, stuck in a comfort zone that is suffocating them. And without life energy flowing through us, we cease to exist. So dreams and goals keep you not only alive but vibrant.
How to Know if You’re Stuck in a Comfort Zone
When Justin my accountant was just working in his business to make ends meet, all he looked forward to was the weekend when he could take his Jet-ski on the lake. He found it fun, but when his friends had other plans or he was alone, the venture wasn’t as much fun. There was a stark realization that he needed others to make his life more fun because he was stuck in a comfort zone.
But what he was really lacking was a sense of purpose and meaning. He wasn’t working toward anything that was exciting and so the weekend Jet-skiing was the bandaid for an empty life.
However, when he was asked what his dreams were, he told me he’d always dreamed of a personalized accountancy firm with clients all over the country so that he could travel and use it as a tax deduction. Just putting this vision into words gave Justin some inspiration and he formed goals around this dream. In less than 12 months his accountancy firm doubled in revenue. He has fewer clients but those clients are spread across the country so when he visits them he can also have a holiday.
The special part is that his clients love him because of the personalized service, and he also saves them a ton of money.
How Your Comfort Zone Expands
Having dreams and goals gives us something to work towards, which can bring a sense of excitement and anticipation into our lives. Because this is the life energy that flows throughout all of creation. It’s also the energy necessary for expanding your comfort zone.
Dreams and goals also give us direction and focus in our lives. So that when we have a specific goal in mind, it’s easier to make decisions and take action. This means that without goals, we might find ourselves aimlessly wandering through life, unsure of what we want or how to get it.
Dreams and goals are not only rewarding to achieve, they’re designed to help us grow and evolve as individuals. Pursuing our dreams and working towards our goals helps us to build new skills, gain knowledge and expand our perspectives. It allows us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, and develop the self-discipline and determination needed to achieve what we want.
Additionally, having dreams and goals can be incredibly motivating. When we see progress toward our goals, it gives us a sense of accomplishment and pride. And when we finally achieve our dreams, it can be incredibly fulfilling. This is the type of inspiration that helps us break free of our comfort zone. It’s always a great feeling to look back on all that we’ve accomplished and know that WE made it happen.
How Dreams and Goals Help if We’re Stuck in a Comfort Zone
A comfort zone is a place where we feel most at home and where we can be our true selves. It’s a place where we don’t have to worry about the unknown, where we know what to expect, and where we feel in control.
However, our very own comfort zone can also be a trap. It can prevent us from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. And it can make us complacent, and stop us from taking risks or just trying new things. This can hold us back from living our best lives.
But, the good news is that we can break out of our comfort zone. We can push ourselves to make goals, try new things, take risks, and expand our comfort zone. By doing this, we gain confidence, learn and develop new skills, and open ourselves up to new opportunities and experiences.
So it’s important to remember that expanding (not stepping out of your comfort zone) doesn’t mean taking on the most daunting or dangerous task, because it can be as simple as trying a new food or talking to a new person. It’s about taking small steps that help you to gradually build your confidence and become more comfortable with the unknown.
3 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone
1. Set small, manageable goals:
Start by setting small, achievable goals that are outside of your comfort zone. These could be something as simple as trying a new food or starting a conversation with a stranger. Setting these small goals will help you to gradually build your confidence and become more comfortable with the unknown.
2. Surround yourself with positive people:
Spend time with people who inspire and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. These people can be friends, family, or even strangers. They will offer you the motivation and support you need to take risks and try new things.
3. Embrace the Experience Including failure:
Failure is a natural part of life and it’s important to embrace it. When we don’t achieve our goals, it’s easy to fall back into our comfort zone, but it’s important to remember that failure is just a stepping stone to success. Learn from your mistakes and use them as motivation to keep pushing forward.
It’s also important to note that having dreams and goals isn’t just about achieving material success. Because the deeper, more fundamental expansion is about finding happiness and fulfillment in our lives. It’s about having a sense of purpose and meaning. And it can truly be as simple as setting a goal to spend more quality time with your family or even yourself.
Expand your Comfort Zone to Reach your Dreams
Now, I know that not all dreams and goals will be achieved in this lifetime (but they can be). However, it’s important to remember that it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters. In fact, the journey is much more important than the end result and that’s why it’s important to embrace the experience when things don’t go according to plan. And they don’t always. Even if we don’t reach our ultimate dream or goal, the process of working toward it can be incredibly rewarding in itself. Every step we take, every challenge we overcome, brings us one step closer to the person we want to become, the very best version of ourselves.
So having dreams and goals are essential for mental and emotional well-being. They give us something to strive for, a sense of purpose and direction, and help us to expand our comfort zone and grow and evolve as individuals. Achieving goals provides a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, gaining confidence along the way. So, don’t be afraid to dream big and set ambitious goals, and remember to enjoy the journey along the way because that’s what the dreams and goals are really there for!
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Someone once told me (a well-respected mentor) that people need “experts” to live a life they value… and I didn’t believe them.
I thought everybody could do it on their own because I did. I figured out what didn’t work in my life and then I changed it. Actually, I changed me. And it was a LOT of work!
Not because I was trying to impress those that told me I had a ‘bad attitude’ or I had something to prove to people who thought I was lousy at pretty well everything, but because there were aspects of me that even I didn’t like. I wanted improvements in me and my life.
Change Versus Comfort
It was obvious to me that if I didn’t make changes I could expect more of the same in my life as before. The same things that didn’t work, the same relationships that my parents had.
I wanted more. Mostly, I wanted my kids to be proud of me. Damn it, I wanted to be proud of myself.
So, I set about what would be a continuous, amazing journey.
I’ve been with my Spiritual Soulmate over 30 years now and we still work on the relationship, we work on improving us, because we know that whatever we want, to get it we need to be different to how we were.
And I listen so much more now because I value the wisdom of my non-physical guides who have been with me for as long as I can remember.
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