What makes our comfort zone so comforting? If you really look at the comfort zone for what it is, it’s actually more of a container than a comfort. Yes, it feels more comforting to play it safe …. at first.
When we live in our comfort zones and don’t venture to explore new people, places or experiences we are limiting our potential. It’s natural to be unsure of trying new things. The uncertain outcome can be daunting if we’ve never done something before. Good news is, our brains are actually wired to support new ventures!
Let’s use a map for our analogy. When we don’t know how to get to where we want to go on a road trip, we use a map. The new roads traveled take us from point A to point B. Our minds work the same way. We have this nifty tool called Neural Pathways. Neural Pathways are like the roads on a map. They are formed in our brains when we have a new experience.
When you get that uneasy, nervous feeling in your belly right before you are trying something new it’s because you haven’t built a Neural Pathway yet. However, once it’s built you can cease to have that nervous feeling because your brain already knows the path to take you to your desired goal.
The more often you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, the more experience you have with trying something new. The next time you get that nervous feeling you can simply remind yourself you just need to build a Neural Pathway and you’ll be on your way. Before you know it, you’re on the other side of trying something new. You’ve impressed yourself by stretching yourself, which leads to increased self-confidence.
To assist in building these pathways is your RAS or reticular activating system. It is basically your own personal GPS. Once you have focused on what it is that you want to accomplish, your RAS then seeks out resources to help you achieve your goal. You will become more aware of opportunities to help you achieve your goal. This internal GPS operates from your subconscious mind.
Imagine a plane – your conscious mind is the pilot and your subconscious mind is the co-pilot. The pilot is flying the plane (you’ve said out load what goal it is you want to accomplish) and the pre-programmed machine is the co-pilot (your beliefs as to whether or not you can achieve your goal) flying the plane to its destination.
You see, regardless of what we’re saying we want (conscious mind), if our pre-programmed thoughts (subconscious mind) think it’s not possible, your subconscious mind will win out every time! This is because your subconscious mind stores all of the files in your belief system. Therefore, use your conscious mind to be aware of your thoughts so you can then reprogram your subconscious mind to move past any possible limiting beliefs.
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