Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Neale Donald Walsch
We try to steer clear of kitschy quotes here at Reframe, but hear us out—this is a good one. It’s light on fluff and heavy on truth, so we’ll let it sneak its way into what we teach in this little app. We’ve kind of only got one shot at our time here on Earth, and if we stay in our comfort zone the entire time, then we do life in “dress rehearsal” mode: gearing up for the real deal but never quite getting there.
The point is that staying in our comfort zone keeps us small. And for many people—the majority of folks, actually—using alcohol in the way that has become normalized in our society (read: pretty heavy drinking, honestly) feels safe. It’s the comfort zone, the cozy spot that doesn’t stir the pot. Trying to step outside those cultural norms is what feels dangerous, uncomfortable, and scary.
And the truth is, if you’re here, you’re probably already outside of your comfort zone. You’re doing it! That’s why your heartbeat might quicken every time you open this app, or why you feel resistance to doing the daily tasks or journal prompts. But you’re doing the thing. Now, let’s keep going.
Because when you step outside of your comfort zone, when you do life differently than you planned or than is expected of you, that’s where the good stuff is. That’s where the alignment, curiosity, exploration, and creativity live; where the new experiences and authenticity and adventure are. Very few people who lived a grand life did so in their comfort zone—they stepped outside of what felt safe and they found a new way of living.