We all have a place where we are most comfortable whether we're talking about where we live, what we eat or what we do with our time. Opportunities present themselves from time to time for us to move just a wee bit out of that zone and sometimes we opt in---other times we opt out of that opportunity to do something new and exciting. Recently on a cruise with our son and his family, we were eating in the ship's dining room. April (my DIL) had specifically requested that all the children (ages 7 -13) only be given the regular menu and not the children's menu. Her rationale was that they would have healthier selections and it would give them the experience of eating from a more sophisticated menu.
So the kids were studying the menu and Ben (age 10) announced that he would like to start his meal with some smoked duck, one of the appetizers. I took advantage of this offering, too. When the plates were brought to the table, the presentation was lovely and the food was very appealing. Ben immediately began eating it and after eating every morsel on the plate proudly announced, "That was the best duck I have ever eaten!" We all got a good laugh since we figured it most likely was the only duck he had ever eaten.
In moving out of your comfort zone, you may be required to try something way out of that zone. Opportunities sometimes present themselves in the most unexpected ways. Maybe you will have the chance to lead a group or do some public speaking. It so happens that public speaking is very high on the list of things that literally scare some people half to death. Or maybe it's performing that is on your list of things you'd like to do but are holding back because of that old demon, Self Doubt and his twin brother, Fraidy Cat. You just have to remember that even the Super Stars all had to start somewhere and they probably were not great when they started, but they all had potential to be great. Now, no one is promising you that you'll be the next mega star known to one and all across the planet but how will you ever know what you have in you until you give it a go?
And finally, one last word about moving from your comfort zone. Is there something in your life that you KNOW you should be doing but are procrastinating about doing? Some of these "really must dos" are secrets, known only to you and perhaps your maker. It is that little nagging voice in your head that is pushing you to take care of something but you are resisting it and struggling to contain it in a corner of your mind. Or maybe it is a dream, a wish and hope that you'll do something that matters---leave your mark upon the world, but you are waiting for the right time, the right place, for the mood to strike you.
Whatever it is that you think you're meant to be doing or longing to do, keep in mind that time is a fleeting thing. Once it trickles down through that hourglass, it won't be going back the other way. When opportunity presents itself to do something different, make another choice, try a new path, think about that hour glass and how stealthily and quickly those sands slip on through the glass. If you're waiting for the perfect time, the best moment, chances are pretty good it is right now. Stretch yourself and reach for the stars: they really are waiting for you and want you to succeed.