To recap: in Step 1 we woke up like a cat, in Step 2 we were oil pulling, in Step 3 we cleansed with lemon water. Now we move on to the final, and potentially most challenging step.
Step 4. Get out of the zone
Is that right? Get out, not in? Yes, that’s right. I’m referring to the comfort zone. We long to be in our comfort zone. No unexpected surprises, everything going according to plan, master of our routine. The problem with the comfort zone is it’s a lot like being on a hamster wheel. You will spin around furiously, but you never move forward. Our successes lie outside of our comfort zone. However, if we’re used to being in that zone day after day, when an opportunity comes along that requires leaving that comfortable place we may be reluctant to take it. I’m sure you can think of at least one time you passed up an opportunity because you were afraid to take the leap.
My challenge to you is to find a small way to leave your comfort zone each day. It could be taking a class you have always wanted to try, experimenting with a new food, or going for a drive and intentionally getting lost. Getting yourself used to being slightly uncomfortable each day will help you build a “discomfort tolerance”. So, when you find yourself in a similar situation to the one before, you may not be so quick to pass it up.
Get Out of Your Comfortzone: The Excercise Book for your Personal Growth
As with any practice, you will build up to the level you want to achieve. Perhaps on your first day: you stretch quickly before hopping out of bed, you swoosh a small amount of oil for a few minutes, you forget the lemon water, and you challenge yourself by wearing funky socks. That’s a success. Always appreciate what you have accomplished, and silence any negative self-talk. Now get out there and have the best day, and life.
Your eyes open, and your surroundings come into focus. Once again you are presented with a fresh start, a brand new day, a new opportunity for extraordinary potential. What will you do with this gift laid before you? Grumble and crawl out of bed straight to the coffee maker, or will today be different?
Here are some simple steps to get you on track as you prepare to conquer the world each morning.
1. Wake up like a cat
Have you ever watched a cat wake up from a nap? One eye pops open, then another. They stretch one limb, followed by another, and another until they are on their feet stretching the length of their spine from the top of their head to the tip of their tail. It’s so indulgent, and enjoyable to even watch. So even if you’re a dog person, you can take a tip from the cats.
Start your day while you’re still in bed by gently rolling all of your body joints, sensing how every movement feels. Appreciate your rested body, as you stretch your limbs. Wiggle your fingers and toes as you begin to roll out of bed. Use this opportunity to check in with your body, and create a mind-body connection.
Some mornings may only allow for this brief connection. Other mornings may spur into a yoga or body rolling session. Enjoy these moments, and where they take you.
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