Most of us go about our daily lives taking few risks, not pushing ourselves to try new things, and not exploring ideologies to which we inherently disagree.  Some of us protect ourselves by not venturing to commit to activities which are uncomfortable. We cocoon ourselves by associating with people with whom we are comfortable or share similar interests. Many of us restrict our activities to those which give us pleasure and resist those which tax our intellect, physical prowess, or time commitment. Our drug of choice is contentment.

However, our state of comfort is illusionary. We, in fact, are all changing, whether we recognize it or not. Happiness is a fluid state. It does not have to be dependent on the status quo. You can choose to be happy, choose to enjoy every second of your life. By electing to step out of your comfort zone, you may learn new things, meet new people, accept new challenges, achieve new things, and find joy in everything you do and in every new event in your life.

There is a difference between resisting something and not doing something new because you truly have no interest, and resisting it because you think you do not have the capability to do it or will not succeed. The latter reasoning may emanate from a lack of self-confidence. This lack of self-confidence could be the result of having failed before or listening to others who are not encouraging. Regardless, each of us should possess a healthy dose of self-confidence and a willingness to step out of our comfort zone.  Previous failures do not mean future failures.

You will find that exploring new things and ideas is exhilarating. Taking on projects which demand that you learn new skills can be rewarding. Meeting people can be interesting.  Pursuing physical challenges can be demanding and beneficial. It is never too late to change an attitude and to step out of your comfort zone.  Take action!

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