Self-Awareness 101 Episode 6: A Lesson From Conversations With God
Willard discusses a passage from "Conversations With God: Book 1". He explores the idea that we are here to "create", and that many of us have become conditioned to live our lives as a re-enactment rather than a journey of exploration. We can only truly express ourselves when we step outside of our Comfort Zone.
Today, we're going to explore a line from a book called - Conversations with God written by Neale Donald Walsch. And the line is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone “.
Have you ever noticed how certain books can really help you gain clarity on your own life, on your own personal journey? For me, one of those books was a book called “Conversations with God”.
And there's a specific line in the book that really jumped out at me, that forever impacted me, and the line was, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone"
By the time I read Conversations with God, I had already been on my own personal journey of personal development, self awareness, and spiritual development for about eight or nine years. I had been exposed to the idea of a "Comfort Zone", but this simple phrase gave it a whole new meaning.
With this amount of time for hindsight, I was able to look back at a place in my life, where, my comfort zone actually was creating so much pain for me that it was actually a point of insanity living the way I was.
I had been drinking heavily, I had been using drugs; I had been doing everything I could to numb every aspect of my life for about 11 years. At my worst point, I was drinking 2 cases of beer, a half bottle of tequila and taking 2,500mg of caffeine in pill form daily.
But as sick as this may sound, I was comfortable there. I knew when I got up in the morning, that if I ingested the alcohol, if I ingested the drugs, I was going to have a specific outcome at the end of the day. I could count on reaching a place that was safe for me, I didn't have to deal with emotions, I didn't have to deal with responsibilities. As strange as it may seem, I was very comfortable in that insane place in my life; for me, to actually feel... to be responsible... talk about stepping outside of your comfort zone.
But there came a point in my life where I had to make the decision, a point where I could not continue living the way that I was living, because either I was going to die or I was going to kill someone else. At that point in my life, I really wasn't scared to die, I actually welcomed the idea. But to kill someone else in a drunken state then have to live with that for the rest of my life, that was something I could not deal with.
There was a strange sense of security of knowing every day that I was living that same re-enactment over and over again. Going the same places, seeing the same people, doing the same things, experiencing the same emotions
But I had to make a choice to step outside of my comfort zone and face life. Not only face life, but begin experiencing it in a whole new way. And now 20 years later, I have to say it was one of the most amazing choices I ever made and one of the greatest things that has ever happened.
If you're continuing to do the same thing every day, all you're doing is reenacting what you've done the day before. This repetitive cycle is usually created because of fear. Your comfort zone doesn't have to be as bizarre as mine was, but I want to offer this to you as an idea. Life was not designed to be a re-enactment. It was designed to be lived fully, expressing our greatest potential.
Opening yourself up to trying something new, trying something different, stepping beyond your comfort zone, will change your life. It will change your life forever.
I believe that we were put on this earth to create, we were put on this earth to experience, when we were children, when we were babies, that's exactly what our life was about, was experiencing new things; Creating by participating in life . And a lot of times as we get older, we lose that, we forget the joy of being present in life, and experiencing life.
It may not be easy, but I do promise you that if you step outside of your comfort zone, if you take that one step, your life will never be the same, life truly does begin when you step past the repetitive process of a comfort zone and begin to take the risks to live the life that you deserve and that you're here for.
So, I ask you to take a moment right now and look at your life and ask yourself, "What are some of the things that I'm hiding from by staying inside of this comfort zone?" And, "What's one small step that I can take today, that I can take at the very latest, tomorrow, that would at least move me forward in a positive direction?"
I promise you that if you take that step, you will find, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, that your life has truly taken on a new shape, continue to expand yourself, continue to expand your comfort zone, and be prepared for the wonderful ways that your life will change.
I invite you to read the book which helped me, Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) written by Neale Donald Walsch.
I look forward to hearing how your life changes for the better by expanding your own comfort zone.
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Self-Awareness 101 Series with Transcription Plus
Introduction To Self-Awareness 101: To Inspire, Educate and Empower
SA 101 Episode 1: The Importance of Developing Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 2: How to Truly Learn from Mistakes
SA 101 Episode 3: To Soar, I Needed To Let Go Of The Past
SA 101 Episode 4: The Meaning That We Give Things
SA 101 Episode 5: Kind Words And Good Deeds Are Eternal
SA 101 Episode 6: A Lesson From Conversations With God
SA 101 Episode 7: Two Most Powerful Words You'll Ever Say
SA 101 Episode 8: Making Time For What's Truly Important
SA 101 Episode 9: Expectations and Desires About How It Ought To Be
SA 101 Episode 10: Tap Into The Sources Of The Universe
SA 101 Episode 11: The Four Agreements
SA 101 Episode 12: Courage-Being Scared But Saddling Up Anyways
SA 101 Episode 13: The Power Of Belief Systems
SA 101 Episode 14: Change Is Inevitable, Growth Is Optional
SA 101 Episode 15: Establishing Personal Boundaries; It's OK To Say No
SA 101 Episode 16: Encountering External Resistance To Change
SA 101 Episode 17: Creating A Supportive Environment
SA 101 Episode 18: Our Decisions Determine Who We Become
SA 101 Episode 19: Personal Development Tests
SA 101 Episode 20: A List Of Excuses Vs. Results
SA 101 Episode 21: The Meaning Of Honesty
SA 101 Episode 22: Living In Gratitude
SA 101 Episode 23: Repetitive Patterns
SA 101 Episode 24: Non-Verbal Cues
SA 101 Episode 25: Be Brave Enough To Accept The Help Of Others
SA 101 Episode 26: Positive Thoughts And Positive Intentions
SA 101 Episode 27: Active Listening Skills
SA 101 Episode 28: How Self-Awareness Relates To Spirituality
SA 101 Episode 29: Positive Affirmations
SA 101 Episode 30: Basic Meditation Exercises
SA 101 Episode 31: Personal Development At Work
SA 101 Episode 32: Toxic Shame
SA 101 Episode 33: Eliminating Clutter
SA 101 Episode 34: How To Forgive Others
SA 101 Episode 35: Self-Forgiveness
SA 101 Episode 36: Deepening Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 37: What Is Fear?
SA 101 Episode 38: How To Overcome Fear
SA 101 Episode 39: Dealing With Your Anger
SA 101 Episode 40: How To Find Your Passion
SA 101 Episode 41: Increasing Your Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 42: How To Feel Deserving
SA 101 Episode 43: How To Be A Humble Observer
SA 101 Episode 44: Progress Not Perfection
SA 101 Episode 45: Expectations And Perfectionism
SA 101 Episode 46: Dealing With Anger
SA 101 Episode 47: Taking Responsibility For Yourself
SA 101 Episode 48: Achieving Higher Consciousness
SA 101 Episode 49: Trust Life
SA 101 Episode 50: Being Skeptical
SA 101 Episode 51: Benefits Of Closure
SA 101 Episode 52: The Final Episode