What we call ”comfort zone” are the limits defined by our daily life. This comfort zone is made up of habits we get into as time goes by. But these habits soon turn into limitations. In order to really change your existence, you will need to get out of your comfort zone. If you don’t, the needed transformations will be difficult to initiate.
See the invisible walls of your prison
The same goes for everybody. It is hard not to get into habits, or even create some sort of routine in life. Admittedly, this routine often generates a reassuring feeling but it can also quickly turn into a prison made of invisible walls in which you end up going round in circles.
As time goes by and as you learn lessons from your successes or failures, you accumulate certainties. They often become the foundations on which you build your life.
The accumulation of ideas derived from our experience and our childhood gradually form the base of our state of mind. Unconsciously or not, our state of mind causes us to make decisions and behave in the way we do. We often end up hiding behind the certainties that lie at the root of our living conditions.
As we grow older, we set up invisible limits around us – without realising it… and the more time goes by, the less we dare go beyond these limits!
This attitude is very widespread and understandable but it can turn out to be a genuine trap, one that could imprison you within invisible walls if you do not question some of your certainties.
How to see these invisible walls?
There are several ways to realise invisible walls are enclosing you but two of them are particularly recommended: observing your behaviour every day and putting your beliefs to the test in real life.
1. Observing your behaviour in real life
To check whether you find yourself in an invisible prison, the first effective method you need to use merely consists in observing yourself every day.
Here is how to proceed. It is simple: starting today, or as soon as possible, observe what is going on in your life and simply write down the principles and ideas you make use of to deal with the situations that come your way.
For a week or two, focus on this observation task. Perform it objectively. During this period, write the ideas you used to solve your problems and improve your life, regardless of the area (your enrichment, your emotional life and luck in general).
Write them down in a notebook along with the principles you apply every day of your life.
Do not judge the results of your actions, whether they are good or bad. Only write the principles used and the results derived from your actions.
2. Putting your beliefs to the test
After a week or two (it’s up to you to decide), take your notebook and analyse the results.
See the ideas that helped you derive the most benefits. Those that helped you get richer, improve your life and be luckier.
Draw up another list containing those that did not bring you any benefit or even those that were detrimental to you.
Put the former into practice and avoid the latter. Adopt more ideas that are designed to change your life!