Majestic ships are well-protected from the ravages of Mother Nature while docked, locked and nestled safely in the harbor.

There’s only one major problem with that line of thinking, especially if it is long term and what is that?

That’s not what ships were built for.

Leave the harbor and on your journey towards your expected destiny, you run the risk that you’ll eventually meet up with a seismic storm that will tear your formidable ship into an array of toothpicks.

Stay in the harbor?

You will never discover new worlds., article, photo credit

Staying in our comfort zone in a nice safe and familiar harbor on a calm aqua blue bay can be very soothing.

We might even delude ourselves that we are living the good life. No, make that a great life.

Well here we go again and I think you know what we are about to say.

There’s only one major problem with that line of thinking, especially if it is long term and what is that?

You will never discover the greatest breadth and width of who you can be. article, photo credit

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal”…Robin S. Sharma

We have to accept that we were built to push ourselves, take ourselves out of our comfort zone and find out how we can evolve into the epitome of who we should be before all exits from the harbor are permanently closed.

When we accidentally saunter across an exceptional and unique film that stretches our imagination, we can tell when our comfort zones of conventional thoughts, used to predictable Hollywood formulaic movies designed for box office success are being stretched.

The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes and Cameron Monaghan.

The film is based on the 1993 novel The Giver by Lois Lowry., article, The Weinstein Company photo credit

The incisive entertainment site shares, “The Giver is a social science fiction movie about memories. It’s set in a futuristic society where memories and feelings are outlawed in order to prevent wars and suffering.

A young man called Jonas is elected to be the ‘Receiver of Memories’ – the only person who’s allowed to store all memories from the past. His mentor (The Giver) progressively gives him these memories, so that Jonas can advise the Elders in order to avoid mistakes from the past. As Jonas begins to learn about human emotions, he realizes that all members of society should be able to enjoy the highs and lows of life and he escapes in order to liberate his fellow citizens. The end of the movie makes us wonder if it’s wise to know the truth, even if this could cause conflicts or if we would truly be happier if we didn’t retain sad memories.”

Very good question that cannot always be met with simple answers.

The Giver premiered on August 11, 2014 and was released theatrically in the United States on August 15, 2014 and grossed $67 million on a $25 million budget. It received a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Dramatic Movie.

Being stretched beyond our comfort zones is not always in an emotional or mental fashion.

It may take on a physical fashion as well. This is why we love the fitness industry.

Please meet Jackie Perez, a beautiful CrossFit girl who not only stretches herself but encourages us to do the same., article, photo via

At they relate, “Jackie is a CrossFit athlete out of Dublin, California. Jackie has been a passionate CrossFit coach at CSA Gym in Dublin for over 6 years now. Before coaching CrossFit she was a master trainer out of a 24hr fitness gym for the previous 5 years. Studying as a student at Cal State Hayward, she received a Bachelor In Science of Kinesiology, Physical Education option. This is where her passion for a health and fitness lifestyle began.

Jackie has always been very passionate about health, fitness and CrossFit and has always had a healthy curiosity with travelling the world. She is very excited to be part of a group that allows her to share her passion for fitness as she explores the world to learn from different cultures. She believes AdventureFit Travel is an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to hang with likeminded people who want to make a lifelong bond through fitness and travel.”

Very encouraging.

Very inspiring.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”… Neale Donald Walsch

Following Jackie will not only be a beautiful adventure, if we follow her counsel, she will help us leave our emotional and physical comfort zones to explore how far we can go and enjoy the benefits that go with that.

Regarding leaving the harbor to travel into the exciting unknown, we have a visiting female writer with some intriguing ideas.

How to Embrace New Experiences Outside Your Comfort Zone, article, Mantas Hesthaven photo credit

By Michelle Perkins  

Submitted On September 21, 2017

The term “comfort zone” is a pleasant one – it has an indisputable gravitational pull. Too much of a good thing, however, is never actually a good thing in the end. It is often wise to pull back, look at the overall picture, and challenge yourself in a way you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

What if you start to think of the term comfort zone differently? What if it is more like a zone of mediocrity, a dull zone, or a humdrum space? How much pull does it have then? A comfort zone is a safe haven, but not necessarily a place where exhilaration and growth occur. The truth is, while keeping you safe, your comfort zone can also keep you stagnant. But it can be difficult to recognize this problem on your own.

What exactly is the issue with having a comfort zone, then? The underlying problem is that you don’t actually move into new territory by staying in your comfort zone. I have often seen the following anonymous quote about regret: “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” Experience shows that people will be more disappointed by the things they never actually did than by those things which they tried and failed to do. When you stay in your comfort zone, you don’t give yourself the opportunity to try those new things.

If you want to start to make changes, get out of your comfort zone, and leave regret behind, but are scared to do so, begin your journey by taking the following steps:

  1. Decide today that it is okay to feel embarrassed or uncertain. Whatever transition you are making, this is new territory that you have no personal history to help you navigate. Given your lack of experience, how could you possibly expect it to go perfectly? Give yourself permission to feel uncomfortable and afraid as you embark upon something new.
  2. Find the humor in the journey you are about to undertake and be willing to laugh about it. If you laugh about the things that make you feel uneasy, it can become a much more pleasant journey rather than an anxiety-ridden roller coaster. Singer Amy Grant nailed it when she said, “More important than talent, strength, or knowledge is the ability to laugh at yourself and enjoy the pursuit of your dreams.”
  3. Identify exactly what it is you are afraid of. Owning your fears, instead of letting them own you, is an important step in moving past your limitations. Don’t let the unknown grow into a fear that prevents development. Work to understand your fears and then start to face them.
  4. Effectively take risks. Begin with understanding the difference between a calculated risk and a pure gamble. A calculated risk is one where you can identify the odds of certain results and thus make an informed choice. A gamble is leaving a decision completely and utterly up to chance. Be willing to make decisions with calculated risks while walking away from complete gambles.
  5. Begin trying new things. The simplest way to challenge yourself and start to move beyond your comfort zone is to take baby steps. For example, trying a new food, visiting a different part of your city, or taking a class in something you were interested in but have never done before are all small ways to step in the right direction. If it helps, start by doing these things with a friend. These small adventures outside your comfort zone will condition you to feel more relaxed with uncertainty. Over time, you can then move on to trying the bigger, calculated risks that you want to take for yourself.

By slowly starting to edge out of your comfort zone, you will learn to manage anxiety, start seeing that all obstacles are not automatically daunting, and become confident that you will not only be able to survive a new experience, but also thrive from it. Take these steps and learn to embrace the experience outside your comfort zone today!

Michelle is the CEO and founder of Limit Free Life®, a coaching and personal development company designed to help clients discover and transition into careers or business ventures that satisfy their souls. As a former CPA, business consultant and now a certified business coach, she combines a strong background in finance and transition management with an intuitive coaching style.

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