The middle seems like a good place to be right? Extremes can be uncomfortable after all…goodness just look at the temperature gauge. Who wants to live in 120? or worse -30? Nope and no thank you; a nice 70-75 degree day is smack dab in the middle and fabulous.
But not all middles are as yummy as a Oreo right? Well I could argue that some are…like Fudgeeos but still…not everything is!
In fact, there is one middle that might be getting you feeling like you are rather stuck and frustrated with your life as you know it today.
Middle of the road, average or simply put…your “comfort zone”. All places that prevent you from living a full and exciting life that you love.
Think for a moment. Where are you living your life? In the safe but un-fulfilling middle? The zone we label comfortable I call in my coaching practice the stuck zone.
So often I talk to people who say they want to make a change but they just don’t know where to start. While I can help you find your way, there is one easy place to start. Where is the edge? The place that makes you excited and terrified all at the same time?
Let’s face it, being comfortable is lovely especially when you curl up to go to sleep at night, but if you only live where you know and where you feel safe; you won’t grow or experience LIFE. You are merely surviving it.
Here’s the fun…you don’t have to run from the middle to take a crazy leap of faith right off the edge. Not at all. It’s perfectly okay and fabulous to just take a little step to the side to get a better look at where the edge is.
Oh…I said it again. Baby steps! They get you where you’re going too! In fact, it’s been my observation that we need to start with smaller steps or we will shut down and simply run right back to the comfort and mundane. Drastic changes rarely work terribly well. Planned steps with time to adjust work much better for the majority of people when it comes to making changes.
In my own experience moving away from the middle, I’ve noticed that the edge isn’t as scary and not so terribly daunting the closer I get when I take consistent steps towards it. Sure leaping in and seeing what happens can be fun from time to time. However, if you are really stuck and unsure just take a little step out there.
Try something new. At one time I got a huge lift in mood and really inspired one day because I simply headed home by a completely new route then what I had been driving for over six months. It was like a brand new day…sounds strange but little changes can help you work towards seeing what new things you might want to try. Or simply giving you a bit of a boost as you try to find your own path. Or at least you might find a really great little cafe like I did!
Go on…start leaning towards the edge, pick a spot and peek on over and see what you might be missing by making yourself a permanent part of the middle. And look for me…that’s where I like to hang out too.